Fisher A Difference Maker

Considering the abundance of talent IU has coming back at wide receiver in the fall, it was going to take a special talent for the Hoosiers to extend a scholarship offer to a wideout in the 2006 class. Indiana believes it found that sort of playmaker in Cleveland, Ohio's Ray Fisher.

Considering the abundance of talent IU has coming back at wide receiver in the fall, it was going to take a special talent for the Hoosiers to extend a scholarship offer to a wideout in the 2006 class. Indiana believes it found that sort of playmaker in Cleveland, Ohio's Ray Fisher.

As Hoosiernation.com first reported last week, the 5-9, 167-pounder from Glenville H.S. decided on the Hoosier program for his football future before he arrived in town for his official visit, and before departing town Sunday, Fisher cast his lot to IU Coach Terry Hoeppner.

One of the biggest draws for Fisher was the opportunity that the Indiana offense offers for its wideouts to make plays. In Hoeppner's first season four different wide receivers caught at least 20 passes, led by James Hardy's 61 receptions for 893 yards and 10 scores.

"I've seen what IU has to offer for receivers," said Fisher. "I like Indiana's offense. They've got a lot of weapons there right now and I will be another weapon."

While the opportunity to make an impact on the football field was important to Fisher, academics also played an important role in his decision as well.

"I chose IU because of the academics – I really liked how much they care about education," said Fisher. "I'm going to major in sports management and they have a good program for that."

One of the intriguing things about Fisher is his versatility. While he's made his biggest impact on the prep level as a wide receiver, he was also drawing interest from some programs as a defensive back. Fisher said the Indiana staff has talked primarily about wide receiver, although wind up helping out at a multitude of positions.

"I think I'll get to play receiver because that's my better position," said Fisher. "(IU Assistant Coach) Billy Lynch told me if I'm good enough I could earn a chance to play offense, defense and kick returner for them."

Fisher comes from a powerhouse Glenville H.S. program that is sending a plethora of players to the Big Ten next fall. There are currently five players from the school that have pledged to Big Ten teams, including wide receiver Daven Jones (Wisconsin), defensive end Robert Rose (Ohio State), outside linebacker Derrick Smith (Iowa) and cornerback Royce Adams (Purdue). In addition, quarterback Arvell Nelson, wide receiver Raymond Small, guard Bryant Browning and safety Bryant Milligan are still being recruited by conference squads as well.

This is nothing new for Glenville, a school that currently has alums such as Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, OSU wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr., and Buckeye safety Donte Whitner playing in the conference. The opportunity to play against so many players that he already knows was a big selling point for Fisher as well.

"I would like to play in the Big Ten because it'll be fun to play against guys I know from high school," said Fisher. "I'll see all the guys I know and try to beat them. You've been playing with someone for so long, you go one-on-one with them in practice, you play them in games and you get to know their moves. If you can beat them, then it's pure athleticism, there's nothing better than that."

Fisher is coming back from a partially torn ACL, an injured that kept him sidelined for the duration of his senior season. As a junior, Fisher had 500 yards receiving and nine touchdowns to go along with four interceptions on the defensive side.

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