Wide receiver Jacolby Hewitt landed his first power five offer late last month when Indiana stepped up to the plate and extended him a scholarship offer. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound standout from Cordova (TN) Cordova H.S. talked to Peegs.com about what it meant to him to get that offer from a school like IU.
Hewitt has been in contact with a couple members of the Indiana staff, and it was his recruiting coach that let him know that he had an offer from the Hoosiers.
"I have been communicating with (Indiana Senior Director of Recruiting) Matt Wilson," he said. "I think he is one of their recruiting guys. And I have also been talking to Coach (William) Inge. He is the one that told me that I have an offer. They were my first big offer so that got my attention right away. Getting that kind of an offer was a great moment, and it was like a dream come true. It was a good feeling because you know how hard you worked for it."
The Indiana staff likes what Hewitt brings to the wideout position because of his ball skills and because of his physicality.
"They like that I can go up and get the ball at any point," he said when asked what Indiana likes about him as a player. "They also like that I am big, strong receiver that has the ability to break tackles."
Besides the offer from Indiana, the Tennessee native also has offers from Memphis, Tennessee-Martin and Austin Peay to go along with interest from Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Samford. He said that finding a school where he feels at home will be the most important factor in his decision.
"For me it will be about fit and family," Hewitt said. "I want to be comfortable around the players and the coaches. I just want a place where I will have a chance to showcase my talent comfortably."
This past fall Hewitt had 33 receptions for 694 yards and seven touchdowns for a Cordova team that made a deep run in the state playoffs.
"We went 12-2 as a team and made it to the fourth round of the playoffs," he said about his junior year. "We lost to the same team twice, Whitehaven, and they were number three in the nation. Individually I felt like I played well, but there is always room for improvement. I thought I improved on my hands and my route-running. I also felt like my speed got better."
Hewitt, who hopes to have his decision made before the start of his senior season, said he has been talking to IU about getting up to Bloomington soon for an unofficial visit.
"I have been talking to Coach Inge about that," he said about possibly visiting Indiana. "I think it might be later this month. When I go there I’d like to get a feel for how their offense is set-up and how they do their weight room program. I’d also like to see how the players are and how comfortable I am with them."