BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ultimately, Indiana presented the sort of opportunity Keith Burrus was looking for.
The 6-2, 260-pound defensive end from Indianapolis' Ben Davis H.S. became the most recent addition to Coach Terry Hoeppner's 2006 football team, signing a scholarship agreement to play for the Hoosiers beginning this fall.
"I felt it was a great environment in Bloomington," said Burrus, who added he also had scholarship offers from Iowa State and Missouri, among others. "It's a great opportunity for me to succeed in my football career. I feel I fit in well with the program and with what they are trying to accomplish, and that's to win a bowl game."
Burrus will enroll at IU this semester and join the Hoosiers for fall camp Aug. 7. He'll have four years of eligibility remaining after redshirting this past fall at Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College.
Despite a season on the sidelines at the junior college level, Burrus believes this past season was a positive experience for him, one that has helped prepare him to make an impact at the Big Ten level.
"It helped me out a lot," Burrus said. "I got to see some competition outside of Indiana, and it showed me what my weaknesses and strengths are and helped me work on both. I was able to improve on my strength a lot while I was there."
Burrus said he's now squatting 520 pounds and his clean is up to 340. Those sort of numbers, coupled with his local ties, made him an enticing prospect to Hoeppner and IU Assistant Billy Lynch, who handled Burrus' recruitment.
"Keith has been on our recruiting radar for quite some time, and we're excited to have him at Indiana," Hoeppner said. "Ben Davis is one of the premier high school programs in the state, and its players are hard-nosed, fundamentally sound and have a champion's approach in the classroom and on the playing field. Keith has the size, quickness and agility that we're looking for in our defensive line, and he has a bright future ahead of him."
As a senior at Ben Davis H.S. in 2004, Burrus recorded 84 tackles, including eight for loss, and earned All-Metro and All-County honors. He also competed in the IFCA North-South All-Star game.
While the IU staff is excited about adding a talented in-state player to its 2006 roster, Burrus welcomes the opportunity to play in the Big Ten and close to home.
"I had some other options, but I felt this was better because it's the Big Ten," Burrus said. "It's a relief to have it over. I was getting offers from schools like Iowa State and Missouri, but coming to the Big Ten, that's the right thing for me. Indiana was the best decision for me. It's only 45 minutes from my house, so you get that hometown love, and that really drew me."
Burrus Excited About IU Opportunity
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