A whirlwind of a week has come to a merciful end for Richard Council.
The Newman Smith H.S. standout spent the better part of a week away from his Carrollton, Texas, home while making a trio of official visits to Louisiana-Monroe, Sam Houston State and Indiana. He packed all three of those trips into a nine-day span, all with the Feb. 1 signing day looming.
"I kept hearing the same things over and over, and I kept going through the same stuff, and I was ready to find a school and for it to be over," said Council.
Ultimately, the 6-2, 180-pound cornerback/wide receiver decided it was Indiana and the Big Ten that offered him his best opportunity, and he pledged to IU Coach Terry Hoeppner Thursday night.
"It's a Big Ten school, Division I, and it was my best choice," said Council, who made his official visit to IU Jan. 21-22. "I liked the campus, I could relate to the students, and I liked the coaching staff and the facilities. I'll have a chance to play early when I come."
A two-way player at the prep level, Indiana recruited Council to play cornerback. He brings not only good size but 4.5 speed in the 40, plenty of athleticism and a knack for making the big play.
"The (Indiana coaches) said they like how I'm not afraid of contact, that I have a nose for the ball, I'm athletic and I have good feet," said Council.
For the longest time, Council didn't exactly know where he fit in to the plans of college programs from around the country. A handful of prominent programs such as Minnesota showed interest early, only to see that attention wane as signing day neared. That left him waiting and wondering for some offers to materialize into mid-January.
Indiana eventually offered a scholarship days before Council made his official visit, and within a week he'd accepted the Hoosiers' offer.
"It was a big relief when (IU) offered," said Council. "It means a lot to be able to play in the Big Ten, to be on TV and to get to play in front of a lot of people."
Council, who was hosted on his official visit by IU freshman wide receiver Nick Polk, said one of the biggest draws about the IU program was the opportunity he'd have to compete for playing time early. Indiana returns only two experienced cornerbacks in Leslie Majors and Tracy Porter and the position continues to be a point of emphasis with the few remaining scholarships that IU has at its disposal.
"They think I can help them right away, which is really good news," said Council.
As a senior at Newman Smith, Council totaled 34 tackles, three passes broken up and two tackles for loss on defense to go along with 33 receptions for 578 yards and six touchdowns on offense. It's defense, though, where he's expected to play once he arrives in Bloomington next fall.
Council had a chance to meet with Hoeppner at his house during last weekend's official visit, and the IU coach stressed what sort of opportunities the IU program can offer.
"He stressed coming in and working hard, possibly playing early," said Council. "He said they want to try to get their program winning again. He talked about the experience I'll have not just with football, but education as well."
Council Talks About IU Commitment
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