The Indiana football program has added a big name with a big frame to its roster – Chauncey Incarnato.
The 6-5, 275-pound offensive tackle, who left the Notre Dame program earlier this fall, has enrolled at Indiana, where he's expected to join the team Tuesday for practice. He was expected to arrive in Bloomington on Sunday, and begin classes Monday.
"He did commit to Indiana," Incarnato's father, Lawrence, told HoosierNation.com Sunday. "He's on his way there right now."
Incarnato will sit out the 2005 season but will be able to practice with the team and will be a sophomore in eligibility in 2006.
A native of Dover, Ohio, Incarnato had 17 scholarship offers following his departure from the Irish earlier this month. He likely would have had more, but Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis wouldn't release Incarnato to a team the Irish were scheduled to play during the course of his college career. Incarnato still ended up with offers from across the country and eventually picked IU over Ohio State and Maryland.
"This is the second time he's turned down Ohio State, so there aren't many people in our neighborhood that are happy with us," joked Lawrence.
The elder Incarnato said the family visited a handful of programs in the last several weeks, and while some had more attractive facilities, it was the people around the IU program that attracted his son to Bloomington.
In addition to Coach Terry Hoeppner and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson, the Incarnatos also met with IU President Dr. Adam Herbert during their visit to Bloomington as well as administrators at the Kelley School of Business.
"Many of them had nicer facilities as far as the training facilities and the stadiums and such, but the bottom line was the people at Indiana," said Lawrence. "We were persuaded from the first moment that we were there. But I said ‘no, we don't make the same mistake twice we'll look at other schools.'"
Those visits concluded earlier this week with a trip to Maryland, a program and coaching staff that impressed the Incarnato's very much as well. But there was something that stood out about the IU program that put the Hoosiers over the top.
"These people just take care of you," said Lawrence. "It's like you're going home. The people at Indiana went so far out of their way to make you feel at home."
The Incarnatos also considered Miami (Ohio) because of the fact it's an elite MAC school, but their trip to Oxford, Ohio, only helped the Hoosiers' cause.
"When we were at Miami, that was all we heard about – Coach Hep," said Lawrence. "We talked to the kids and the players, and all we heard about was what a great guy and what a great person Coach Hep was. And that's what Chauncey based his decision on – the people."
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