Indiana's needs on the offensive line aren't as pressing with the '07 recruiting class as they were a season ago, but the big men up front haven't been forgotten.
The Hoosiers have been making a push for 6-6, 270-pound Adam Kiel from St. Dominic H.S. in O'Fallon, Mo. Kiel was in Bloomington last Thursday for IU's one-day camp, and is now contemplating a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers.
"They've been showing quite a bit of interest in me," said Kiel, who also has scholarship offers from Northern Illinois and Illinois State. "I get a bunch of letters and text messages from (IU Assistant) Coach (Matt) Canada, and they seem really interested in me."
The Hoosiers are looking for Kiel to develop into either an offensive tackle or guard, which will require a position change at the next level. Surprisingly, Kiel plays tight end on his prep team, having caught 25 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns as a junior.
"It won't be a huge adjustment because in practice I spend half an hour working on blocking in individual stuff to work on my footwork, and then I got with the receivers after that," Kiel said.
Kiel's ability to run routes and be involved in the passing game suggests he's a better athlete than your typical prep linemen, something that has undoubtedly jumped out to Canada and the IU staff.
"They like how quick I am for a big man," Kiel said. "They like my height and size, and also my aggression and pass-blocking skills."
While Indiana has shown plenty of interest in Kiel, he's also intrigued by the possibility of playing at the Big Ten level for the Hoosiers, a team he thinks is on the rise.
"They are in the Big Ten, which is a real tough conference," Kiel said. "Even though their record might not have shown it, they had a pretty good year last year and they have a lot of up-and-coming talent. They have a lot of good things coming up for them."
Last Thursday's trip to Bloomington, meanwhile, provided Kiel with an opportunity to not only spend time on campus, but to also get more familiar with the coaching staff that he's giving serious thought to playing for.
"That helps a lot," Kiel said. "You'll be working out with the coach you might be playing for. You kind of get to know them, and you get a glimpse of what they are like on the field."
It's still up in the air, though, if a decision will be coming quickly from Kiel about his collegiate future. He continues to participate in camps around the Midwest, and he says he wants to make sure of his choice before he pulls the trigger.
"I'm kind of playing the waiting game right now," Kiel said. "I'm waiting to see what my options are. I don't want to commit too early because someone else might come along."
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