Matt Mayberry has found out that even though he's verbally committed to Indiana, he's not out of the recruiting woods just yet.
The 6-2, 205-pound athlete from Hinsdale (Ill.) South High School gave his verbal pledge to IU Coach Terry Hoeppner last month, but that hasn't kept virtually all of his other suitors from continuing to stay in contact. In fact, Mayberry is now also getting calls from North Carolina, which just recently extended a scholarship offer as well.
"It seems like those schools aren't going to go away until signing day," said Mayberry.
With four and a half months remaining before high school players can put pen to paper and officially sign national letters of intent, that might be reason for IU fans to be concerned. But Mayberry says he remains very much committed to joining the Hoosiers next fall.
"They keep telling me about their schools," said Mayberry. "I listen and tell them that I'm interested in what they have to say, but I also tell them that I'm also committed to Indiana, and there's probably no changing that.
"My verbal is still very solid."
That's good news for the Hoosiers, who scored a bit of a recruiting coup when Mayberry picked the Hoosiers over Northwestern, Oklahoma State and Georgia. Those four were his finalists from more than a dozen scholarship offers.
Indiana's biggest dilemma with Mayberry might just be where to play him. Many project him as an outside linebacker in college, although he's playing safety and running back for his high school team.
Offensively, he's been the biggest reason why Hinsdale South is off to a 4-1 start and ranked No. 17 in the state (regardless of class) according to the Chicago Tribune. He ran for 290 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries last weekend to lead Hinsdale South to a 45-28 win over No. 9 Downer's Grove South, and earlier in the season had a 32-carry, 278-yard, four-touchdown performance against Lyons.
"I know every game, day in and day out that my team is going to need me to perform to the best of my abilities, and that my coach is relying on me – I'll probably get the ball 30-40 times," said Mayberry.
So will the Indiana staff do the same and count on him on offense instead of defense? The odds are still on defense, although Mayberry said no decision has been made, and he's open to whatever the coaching staff decides.
"I have no idea (where I'm going to play in college)," said Mayberry. "With the kind of year that I'm having on offense, a lot of colleges have been contacting me about offense, but it's totally up to Indiana with what they want to do. They've even said that they don't know what there are totally going to do with me yet. They just have to wait and see what happens when I get there."
That time won't come until next fall, although Mayberry will be in Bloomington next weekend to watch his future teammates. He said he plans on coming to Bloomington for the Oct. 8 Homecoming game against Illinois.
Mayberry Not Out of the Woods Yet
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