Will Hoosiers Factor In with Finch?

The offers are piling up for Warren Central safety Jerimy Finch and the confusion is being compounded.

The offers are piling up for Warren Central safety Jerimy Finch and the confusion is being compounded.

The 6-2, 210-pound safety from three-time defending state champion Indianapolis Warren Central H.S. has been getting more mail than he can keep up with and a steady stream of scholarship offers. A four-star recruit in the '07 class according to Scout.com, Finch says he already has seven offers.

"I can't even name them all," Finch says.

One of those tenders is from Indiana, which is hoping to make even bigger in-roads with its in-state recruiting with the 2007 class. A year ago Indiana signed five of Scout.com's top 10 players in the state, and this season IU Coach Terry Hoeppner hopes to attract some of the elite in-state players who are getting national-level recruiting interest.

Finch is that type of recruit. He attended Michigan's junior day earlier this year and was offered a scholarship, and figures to get interest from a slew of programs from around the nation.

"Indiana has sent me some mail and I went to their junior day," Finch said. "I've been invited to the spring practice game and I'll probably go to that. They're already offered me. I liked the school when I went down, the coaches seemed nice, too."

Indiana might have made a good first impression on Finch, but it will have its work cut out for it if it hopes to get a commitment from arguably the state's No. 1 recruit for the '07 class. First and foremost, Finch needs to figure out exactly what he's looking for in a college program.

"I don't even know what I'm looking for right now," Finch says. "When I get letters I think I like them all. They look good on paper. I'll have to check them out in person to know."

Coaches have already done their checking into Finch and have came away impressed. Finch capped an outstanding junior season with a huge performance in Warren Central's 55-20 win over Hamilton Southeastern in the Indiana Class 5A state championship game. Finch recorded a team-high 11 tackles, returned an interception 42 yards, and had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Scout.com Midwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Pool has no doubt Finch will be a special player wherever he winds up.

"Finch is a freak of nature," Pool says. "He has the size of a linebacker and hits like one as well, but has the speed and instincts of a defensive back. Finch is versatile and could develop into a linebacker at the next level."

One thing working Indiana's favor is that Finch is intrigued by the possibility of playing in the Big Ten. Warren Central has turned out a slew of Big Ten players, and the opportunity to play with them and against them is Finch is interested in.

"I've always liked the Big Ten," Finch says. "Growing up I watched the whole conference on TV and now I have some friends from school playing in the conference and they tell me how great it is. They've been giving me some pointers on what it'll take to play on the next level and it's been helping."

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