Indiana has its eye on another weapon for the offensive arsenal, a speedster to one day lineup opposite standout receiver James Hardy.
That player is 5-8, 170-pound Ray Fisher of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High School, and Fisher is high on the Hoosiers and is expected in Bloomington next month.
"I'm going to Indiana on Jan. 13," said Fisher. "I was supposed to visit Eastern Michigan, too, but now I'm not going. So Indiana is the only visit I have planned right now."
Fisher is familiar with the Hoosier coaching staff after Fisher was in Bloomington over the summer for IU's football camp, and dazzled the Hoosier coaching staff with his abilities on both sides of the ball. How does Fisher feel about the Hoosiers?
"I like the coaches at Indiana and I like the way they coach," said Fisher. "I like (offensive coordinator) Coach (Bill) Lynch a whole lot. We've talked a bunch. I've been visited at home by Indiana, Illinois and Eastern Michigan. (Offensive line coach and running game coordinator) Coach Bobby Johnson came to see me from Indiana. Right now Indiana is in my top five with Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Ball State and LSU."
Fisher has played both wide receiver and cornerback in his high school career and has been getting offers to play both positions on the college level. If he should come to Indiana, Fisher would only play one side of the ball.
"I would play receiver if I go to Indiana," said Fisher. "I like the way they use their young receivers. You can see it in the respect James Hardy got this season. I think I would fit in opposite of him and I think I could make an impact right away. I just want to come in and compete for a starting spot. I want to play those big teams like Michigan and Ohio State."
Fisher sat out the 2005 season after suffering a season-ending partial tear of his ACL ligament during a pre-season scrimmage. He has spent the fall strengthening the knee and should be ready before this spring.
"The doctor told me I'll be released at the end of February and I'll be able to run track this year," said Fisher. "I'm still working on getting my legs stronger and doing drills to get my feet back. It feels good right now."
Even with the Hoosiers fast start and slow finish, Fisher saw potential in the Hoosiers.
"I watched all the Indiana games that I could get on TV," said Fisher. "They have good receivers and I think I could come in and be the guy who can catch that short hitch pass and take it 80 yards. They had a good start this season, but you can see they were a young team in the rebuilding process. The coaches just got there and now they're bringing in their recruits. I think they're only going to get better."
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