The Indiana staff is looking for big offensive tackles in the 2017 class and one prospect that has caught their eye is Noah Gatlin. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound standout from Jonesboro H.S. in Jonesboro, Arkansas will be in Bloomington today for an unofficial visit. Gatlin spoke to Peegs.com about his recruiting and about his interest in the Hoosiers.
The three-star recruit has not been offered by IU at this time, but he feels confident that it could happen this weekend when he gets a chance to spend time with the coaches.
"I do think that I could get a offer from Indiana," Gatlin said. "The last time I talked to Coach (Darren) Hiller he said that I was an offer guy, but he just wanted me to come to Bloomington before he did."
Gatlin said that he has developed a good bond with Coach Hiller, and a big reason for that is the connection the IU offensive line coach has to his hometown.
"Coach Hiller and I have developed a good relationship over the past few times that we have talked," Gatlin said. "And with him coming from Arkansas State and being good friends with my offensive line coach, that has helped as well."
The Arkansas native said that the Indiana coaches are impressed with the combination of size and aggressiveness that he brings to the offensive line.
"They love the level of physicality that I play with," he said about the message from the Hoosiers. "They also like my size, and they think that I would be good fit for the program."
When he visits the IU campus today Gatlin said he is mainly looking for a school where he feels at home and where he thinks he could be comfortable for the next four or five years.
"I hope that I see a place where I feel right at home," he said when asked what he wants to see on his visit to Indiana. "I also want to see a place where I can begin my career with great people at a place that I can fit into."
The Jonesboro H.S. standout said when it comes to his recruiting and his decision he is taking his time and he is no hurry to make a commitment.
"Recruiting has been an awesome experience," he said. "It has been great having the opportunity to build relationships with all these coaches. Right now I plan on deciding after my senior year so that I can be 100 percent sure where I want to go."
Gatlin currently has offers from Virginia, Air Force, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, SMU, Western Kentucky and Western Kentucky to go along with interest from Indiana, Arkansas and N.C. State.