Cleveland area wide receiver Ray Fisher says he's received his scholarship offers, weighed his options, and he's decided what he's going to.
"I've already decided I'm going to Indiana," said the 5-9, 170-pounder from Glenville H.S.
Fisher will be in Bloomington this weekend for his official visit, his first trip of the recruiting season. He said, though, that he doesn't plan to actually verbal to IU while he's in town, instead waiting until after he takes another scheduled trip to Eastern Michigan the following weekend.
While he still plans to make that other stop, Fisher said there will be no wavering when it comes to what he wants to do.
"I'm not going to commit this weekend, but that's where I'm going," said Fisher. "I haven't decided exactly when I'll commit, if I'll wait until (signing day) or not. But I've made up my mind."
Fisher said he'll be hosted by Marcus Thigpen this weekend, and he's aware of the fact he won't have a chance to sit down with IU Coach Terry Hoeppner face-to-face while the Hoosier coach recovers from surgery. But he's well aware of the importance of wide receivers in Hoeppner's offense, and he's excited about the opportunity.
He is also looking forward to meeting with Thigpen, another lightening quick wideout who brings big-play possibilities to the IU offense.
"I've seen what IU has to offer for wide receivers," said Fisher. "When I see Thigpen, I'm going to ask him what it takes to get stronger, how a regular day goes and what he's learned so far. Just what it's like playing football and going to school."
Fisher is still recovering from a partially torn ACL, an injury that kept him sidelined for the duration of his senior season at Glenville. But he said his rehab continues to show plenty of progress, and he expects to be back to 100 percent by the time fall camp arrives.
"I'd say my knee is about 85 percent right now," said Fisher. "It doesn't hurt anymore. I'm just building up strength and letting the leg get stronger."
Fisher expects to be able to compete with the Glenville track team this spring, another sign that he should be fully recovered from the injury long before the 2006 season arrives.
"I'll be released March 1," said Fisher. "They held me back a little bit because I do the long jump. I can run now, but the coaches and doctors told me to just wait a bit longer."
It appears Indiana won't have to wait very long, meanwhile, to add a 15th commitment to its 2006 list.
Fisher's Mind Is Made Up
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