Indiana picked up another player for the upcoming season when in-state athlete David Felton announced that he has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from the Hoosiers. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound standout from Evansville (IN) Harrison H.S. spoke to Peegs.com about why he felt IU was the best situation for him.
Felton made his decision official with this post from his Twitter page:
The talented prospect said he chose Indiana because of everything they have to offer him on and off the field.
“Just knowing everything that they were offering me as far as a great community and great chemistry with the team,” Felton said about why he accepted the walk-on offer from IU. “When I went there on my unofficial visits I felt like I was already a part of the team, and everybody greeted me with open arms. Being at Indiana University is just a great atmosphere. I love everybody there, and I’m just looking forward to being there with them for the next four years.”
Felton played quarterback for Harrison H.S. last fall, but in college he could end up at a few different positions with his combination of size and athleticism. If it is left up to him he would choose wideout.
“They really view me as an athlete,” Felton said about where IU plans to play him. “I don’t have much film at wide receiver or quarterback even though I have played both. It is kind of hard right now for them to know exactly what my primary position will be. I have let them know that receiver is the position that I prefer.”
Regardless of what position he ends up at, the Evansville native knows he is starting out at the bottom so he will have to work very hard to get on the field.
“Going into the program I know that I’m not the top dog anymore,” Felton said. “I know going up to this level I will have to prove myself if I want to play anywhere. I am going to go in with an open mind, and a willingness to learn from everyone that I can. I want to absorb all the knowledge that I can about the system and the program from my teammates and from the coaches. I plan on working my butt off and giving 110 percent on every play at every day of practice. When I am on the sidelines I want to be a good teammate and show good sportsmanship. I just want to learn as much as I can so that I can get out there one day and be a starter for IU.”
Even though Felton will not be on an athletic scholarship at Indiana, he will still be receiving some financial aid through an academic scholarship.
“I am a 21st Century Scholar so most of my schooling will be paid for,” he said. “Hopefully down the road I can get a scholarship for football. The coaches told me I would have that opportunity.”
The talented prospect said he has been dreaming about this moment since he first started playing football as a youngster.
“I don’t think it has hit me just yet,” Felton said about his opportunity at Indiana. “I have thought about it, but it is one of those things that you don’t know how it’s going to feel until it actually happens. I am very stoked about this opportunity, but it is also mind-blowing because I’ve been dreaming about this ever since I was a little kid. Growing up I was always chasing my dream of playing football at the highest level possible, and this is just another step towards that dream. I am very excited.”