With his team's march to the Michigan Division IV State Championship game now concluded, a college decision appears to be drawing near for linebacker Obi Ezeh, who was in Bloomington over the weekend for his first official visit.
The 6-2, 220-pounder from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School, whose senior season ended with a 17-10 loss to Flint Powers in the state championship game Nov. 26, was one of approximately 10-12 preps in Bloomington this weekend. A three-star player according to Scout.com, Ezeh is scheduled to make his second and likely final official visit next weekend, and a decision should come soon afterwards.
"I think my Michigan visit might be the only other visit I'm going to take – I'll try to make my decision a little bit after that," said Ezeh.
Ezeh's trip to Bloomington provided him with an opportunity to find out exactly how the Indiana coaching staff saw him fitting into their defensive scheme, as well as providing him with an opportunity to meet with the academic counseling staff to discuss potential majors and IU's academic facilities.
The trip eventually ended at Coach Terry Hoeppner's house, where Ezeh had a chance to sit down and talk with the first-year coach about his vision for the program and how he'd envision using the talented Michigan prep.
"It was a one-on-one meeting that I think (Hoeppner) had with each of the recruits," said Ezeh. "They talked to us about what they wanted out of you, and what they thought the university could provide each of us."
On the football field, Hoeppner talked about an opportunity for a player with Ezeh's credentials to step in and contribute quickly. The Hoosiers lost senior linebackers John Pannozzo, Kyle Killion and Josh Moore to graduation, and linebacker is among the top remaining priorities for this year's recruiting class.
"He told me that it's a whole new coaching staff and they are trying to get things turned around," said Ezeh. "From the looks of their season, they got off to a good start, and they have some of the tools and they just need more guys who can make plays.
"That's what they are trying to bring in. He brought in a pretty good recruiting class last year, and some of them played. They are looking for some more production from the offensive line and linebackers this year, and that's where I fit in."
Michigan certainly appears to be the team for Indiana to beat for Ezeh, who has a scholarship offer from the Wolverines. His trip to Bloomington, though, gave him a chance to get a better feel for what Indiana would have to offer he did in fact decide IU was the best fit for him.
"I just wanted to get a good look at the campus and the facilities and meet some members of the team and the coaches and see if there was good chemistry there," said Ezeh.
Decision Near For Ezeh?
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