With eight verbal commitments already secured, IU Coach Terry Hoeppner will likely add another talented in-state player to his list for the '06 class next Wednesday.
That's when Indianapolis Pike H.S. standout Greg Middleton will visit the IU program to take a tour of the facilities, visit with a couple of professors and then meet with Hoeppner.
"I haven't committed yet, but (Wednesday) is when I plan to tell Coach Hoeppner that I'm going to be a Hoosier," said the 6-3, 260-pounder.
Middleton had originally committed to Purdue after attending the Boilermakers' summer camp in June. He began to waver, though, because of where Purdue wanted to play him.
"I was going to have to play defensive tackle at Purdue, and at IU they were going to keep me at defensive end," said Middleton, who plays defensive end at Pike. "That's really where I wanted to play. There isn't much difference between the two schools academically, so that's where I thought I'd be the best fit."
He also is looking forward to the opportunity to help turn around the IU program as well.
"Football-wise, they want to turn things around there and bring a winner back, and hopefully I can be a big part of that," said Middleton.
Middleton, whose father attended IU but didn't play football for the Hoosiers, recorded 89 tackles and nine sacks as a junior at Pike. Considered one of the top 10 players in the state, he bench presses more than 300 pounds and squats better than 500.
Middleton attended IU's summer camp as well, and received a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers over the summer. He said that once he committed to Purdue the IU staff stopped recruiting him, but that changed once he made contact with the Indiana staff.
"I sent them an e-mail and that's when they started recruiting me again," said Middleton, who added that IU was the only program he made contact with after deciding to re-open his recruitment. "I talked to Coach Lynch and told him how I felt."
Middleton also started on a Pike basketball team that went 22-3 last season and earned honorable mention All-Marion County honors from the Indianapolis Star.
While he's a solid basketball player, he's considered one of the state's top defenders on the football field, someone that opposing coaches do a little bit of everything to try to slow down.
"That's the challenge this year – they aren't really running to my side much – I get a lot of double teams, that kind of stuff," said Middleton, whose Pike team is 3-2. "That's good in a way because it frees up other people to make plays. I guess that's what happens when you're a good player."
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