Last week's official visit to Bloomington did a lot for Mike Stark when it comes to his commitment to IU, and a lot for IU when it came to Mike Stark.
The 6-7, 282-pound offensive tackle from Platteville, Wis., came away from last weekend's IU official visit feeling that he made the right decision over the summer when he verbally committed to join the Hoosiers in the fall.
"I definitely feel good about my commitment," said Stark. "I feel really good about it."
That's good news to the IU coaching staff, which made upgrading the offensive line a top priority with this year's class. Stark is one of six offensive linemen who verbally committed early, and he's considered a very good prospect at offensive tackle.
But since making the verbal, there had been some rumblings that Stark's commitment was "soft" by recruiting terms, and that he might waver if the right offer came along. But he said last weekend's trip did away with any reservations that he might have had.
"I might have felt like I wanted to look around a little more right at first, but I feel really solid now," said Stark. "The visit, getting a chance to look around and stuff makes me feel good about my commitment."
Stark, who was hosted by Chauncey Incarnato, said he had a chance to tour the campus during his visit and also spent plenty of time with his recruiting coach, IU quarterbacks coach Matt Canada. He also had a one-on-one meeting with Coach Terry Hoeppner Sunday morning, where he had a chance to ask any questions he might have about his future in Bloomington.
The time that he spent with the coaches left a last impression on Stark about the direction the Indiana program is headed.
"The coaches stood out to me," said Stark. "All the coaches were nice. They sound like they have a lot of confidence in the program and the direction they're going."
Stark will be a part of that, most likely as an offensive tackle. His focus on now on getting himself ready to contribute as quickly as he can once he arrives on the Bloomington campus.
"I want to get stronger and faster, obviously," said Stark. That's the biggest thing. I want to be prepared. There's a possibility of playing early, so hopefully that can happen."
Stark anchored the offensive line at Platteville H.S., helping the team to an 8-2 record and a top-10 state ranking while earning first-team All-State honors by the Associated Press.
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