Earlier this week Indiana extended an offer to running back Henry Geil from Green Bay (WI) Preble H.S. The 6-foot, 206-pound standout talked about his interest in the IU program, and about the strong bond he has developed with running backs coach Mike Hart.
When Coach Hart left Syracuse to join the Indiana staff Geil said he reached out to the new IU assistant to let him know that he was still interested in playing for him.
“Right before I visited Syracuse is when he left there and went to Indiana,” Geil said about Coach Hart. “I had really connected with him so I reached out to him to let him know I had heard he was going to Indiana, and if it was true I wanted to maintain a relationship with him because I think he is a really, really good coach. I just wanted to let him know that I’m just as interested in him as I am any program he might be at. We have a pretty good relationship. I guarantee if I ever needed something and I needed to call him I could do that with him. I think really is a testament to how good of a person he is. Indiana is definitely in the mix with me, and Coach Hart has a lot to do with that.”
The talented prospect said he has developed a strong bond with Coach Hart even though they have never spoken face-to-face.
“I like that he is really open, and he is a great guy to talk to,” Geil said about the IU running backs coach. “What probably would have been a 10 or 15 minute phone call turns into a 30 to 40 minute phone call because we will talk about different things. I would guarantee that at least 15 to 20 minutes of our conversation won’t even be about football. He is just a guy that I feel really comfortable going to, and when you consider he is someone that I have never met in person I think speaks a lot about him.”
Geil said the Hoosiers like the versatility he brings to the running back position with his ability to run with the ball, as well as what he can do as a receiver out of the backfield.
“They said that they see me as a guy who can run with the ball and catch it out of the backfield, and I can run with power and speed,” he said about the message from IU. “They also like that I am a pretty versatile player because I also return punts and kicks.”
The Wisconsin native will be in Bloomington on April 1st for an unofficial visit, and he said while he is on campus there will be a few things he will be looking for.
“When I go there I will be looking for three things,” Geil said about his upcoming trip to IU. “The first one is a good connection with the strength coach. I am going to be spending a lot of my time with him so I want a strength coach that I get along with. The strength coach and the position coach are who I will be with the most so if I have a good relationship with them that will be big. I will also be looking for diversity within the student body and not just with the players. I want to see if it is a place where I feel I can fit in. The last thing I will look at is the community atmosphere. I want to see if it is an upbeat place and if it is a place where the fans will still be behind you even after a loss. I would also love to get the chance to talk to one of the players. I did that when I was at Michigan State and it really helps because you can get a good perspective on the program. I know players aren’t going to blow smoke because they were just in that same position not that long ago.”
The athletic running back currently has offers from Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Syracuse, Bowling Green and Western Michigan to go along with interest from Michigan State and Minnesota. He said that his plan is to have his decision over with this summer.
“There is no perfect school or dream school that I am waiting for an offer from, so I am not going to hold out for some big offer or anything like that,” Geil said. “I am just going to wait and figure out what fits best for me. I am not a pick a hat type of guy so when I know I’ll know. I would like to have it over with either in late July or the first week of August, but with the way schools are starting to recruit me right now and with the way the summer is shaping up, I won’t be surprised if I commit before then. I’m not going to wait until January or February and pick a hat off the table. When I know is when I will be committing. I don’t want it dragging on into the season because I know what the season is about so I just want to get it done.”