Can IU Count On Getting Council?

Things have been unfolding rapidly for Indiana recruiting target Richard Council, a 6-2, 180-pound cornerback/wide receiver from Newman Smith H.S. in Carrollton, Texas...

Things have been unfolding rapidly for Carrollton, Texas, standout Richard Council.

The 6-2, 180-pound cornerback/wide receiver from Newman Smith H.S. has been on a trio of visits in the last 10 days and is contemplating a fourth on the final weekend before the Feb. 1 signing day. His most recent visit was to Indiana last weekend, and the Hoosiers are still awaiting word if he'll join its 2006 recruiting class.

Coach Terry Hoeppner might have to wait a little bit longer for that answer. In recent days San Diego State has been in contact with Council and they're trying to convince him to make a trip out West this weekend. No such trip has been scheduled as of yet, but it's just the latest news in the late-developing interest in Council.

"He's been recruited a little bit, and now he's got some people that are really coming in on him and offered him, where they might have been keeping him at a distance for a long time because they had some other people," said Newman Smith Coach Bobby Bounds.

"It's nice for the offers to come through, but it can be tough for those kids when you're at the second level, that second tier of guys, that hasn't had a really long time to evaluate who really wanted him. Now that he's got 3-4 people right here at the end of January that are saying, ‘hey, we want you,' and he's forced to make a decision quickly in a short period of time."

The late flurry of activity has included official visits to Louisiana-Monroe (Jan. 13-15), Sam Houston State (Jan. 18-20) and Indiana (Jan. 21-22). Council returned home from his Sam Houston visit last Friday and then turned around and flew to Indiana the following morning. He's also opted to cancel a visit to Nicholls State, and appears to be considering a trip to San Diego State this weekend.

From his conversations with Council this week, Bounds believes the Indiana trip went well.

"It seemed like he enjoyed his time up there," said Bounds. "He called his basketball coach and told him that he was on the third row at the Indiana basketball game (against Purdue). I think he had a good time and enjoyed the players and the coaches and the facilities, all those things."

Bounds said IU has been in contact with Council for some time, but an official offer from the IU staff finally came through last week just days before he made his trip to Bloomington. An all-district wide receiver, Indiana is recruiting Council to play cornerback.

"Coach (Bobby) Johnson got in touch with us about him, and they said they liked him," said Bounds. "From the time they got the film on him until now, they've been on him pretty hard."

Council was a two-way standout for Bounds' team, which went 3-7 this season. Offensively, Council caught 33 passes for 578 yards and six touchdowns and was the team's primary downfield threat. On defense, Council finished his senior season with 34 tackles, two tackles for loss, three passes broken up, and one blocked kick.

He made the switch from free safety to cornerback at the start of his senior season, a move that made sense considering both the high school team's needs and Council's shot at playing at the Division I-A level.

"He developed into a good corner for us," said Bounds. "We thought his upside at the level could be as a corner because he's about 6-1 or 6-2, and those guys are looking for those taller corners nowadays with the receivers getting bigger."

Council combines that height with long arms, good speed (4.5 in the 40) and a frame that should be able to get up to 200 pounds without much difficulty. A standout on Newman Smith's basketball and track and field teams as well, Council hasn't been able to participate in the high school team's off-season weight lifting program due to his obligation with the other sports.That will change at the collegiate level, and Bounds thinks Council will rapidly fill out to a good sized corner.

"He'll probably end up being a 200-pound kid, 6-2, 200, which will put him on par physically with the type of competition he'd be facing at Indiana," said Bounds. Top Stories