Glover Talks About IU Commitment

Warren (Ohio) Harding H.S. defensive standout Sidney Glover talked to about his reasons for decidinig to verbally commit to Coach Terry Hoeppner and the Hoosier football program on Sunday...

Sidney Glover wasn't interested in waiting around any longer.

The 5-11, 215-pound safety from Warren (Ohio) Harding H.S. became the second verbal commitment for IU Coach Terry Hoeppner in as many days, pledging to the Hoosiers Sunday afternoon.

"They were the first ones to offer me, my first Big Ten offer," Glover said. "They showed me a lot of love. I just didn't want to wait too much longer and let it bother me. I just wanted to play Big Ten football."

Glover will get that chance, and he's expected to be a very valuable piece of the Hoosiers' 2007 recruiting class. He's a versatile athlete who played both quarterback and safety last season at Harding, leading the team in tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Bloomington will also provide Glover with the opportunity to spend plenty of time with another family member as well. Tremaine Warfield, a junior sprinter on IU's track and field team, is Glover's cousin.

"I went out there to see my cousin run, and they showed me around, showed me Indiana football," Glover said. "My cousin was real laid back about it, and didn't put any pressure on me about it at all. But when I'd bring it up, he would say if I came, he'd take care of me and look out for me."

While Indiana was the only Big Ten program to offer to date, Glover was also getting interest from Michigan State as well, along with a slew of mid-majors from around the Midwest. But he said the opportunity to play in the Big Ten, coupled with the interest IU Assistant Coach Bobby Johnson and the IU staff had in him, made it an easy decision in the end.

"I just want to be somewhere I'm wanted," Glover said. "There's no point in going somewhere just because maybe somebody else thinks it's a better school when they don't love me as much as Indiana. Indiana was the right spot for me."

While the opportunity to play in the Big Ten was huge, so was the focus the IU staff put on the academic side of the equation.

"They have the new coach and they want to win, but they care about their players for more than football," Glover said. "They want them to succeed in life and get degrees and have good lives. Not everyone on the team is going to make it to the NFL, so they want you to get a degree."

One thing Glover wasn't interested in doing was putting his decision on hold, seeing what might materialize later this summer or into his senior season.

"A lot of people put pressure on themselves their senior seasons, trying to get bigger and better offers, but I'm cool," Glover said. "It's Indiana and the Big Ten. I'll be playing with the best."

He will, though, have an opportunity to prove to some other programs, though, that they shouldn't have overlooked him when it came time to extend scholarship offers.

"I still feel like I have something to prove here," Glover said. "And then when I get to college playing against (the schools that didn't offer), since they didn't, I can show them they made a mistake." Top Stories