On a rough day for the IU football program, some good news came courtesy Illinois quarterback Teddy Schell.
That's because the 6-5, 205-pound quarterback from Barrington (Ill.) H.S. called IU Coach Hoeppner Tuesday night to let him know he was verbally committing to the Hoosiers, making him the eighth member of IU's '07 class.
"I made an unofficial visit down there toward the end of summer, and there was nothing about the program I didn't love," Schell said. "I loved the facilities, I loved the coaching staff, the campus blew me away. From the time I saw the campus and met the coaches, I knew that was most likely the place I wanted to go."
Schell, who picked IU over Kansas State, Rutgers, Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan, had been inclined to pledge to Indiana during the summer. But his father wanted him to wait until the fall to make his decision, some advice that he admits was tough to take.
"I worried because as much as I respected the coaches, I know that things don't always work out," Schell said. "I know the scholarship could have gone to someone else. I worried about that a lot, and it kept me up at night. But it's great to know the scholarship is mine and I'm going to Bloomington."
Once Schell had made his final decision, he had decided Sept. 12 would be the day that he'd let the Hoosiers know of his intentions. But when he returned home from Barrington H.S., his father gave him the news about Hoeppner's upcoming surgery and his leave of absence from the program.
"It definitely set me back – not for my reason, but for Coach Hoeppner," Schell said. "I worried about Coach Hoeppner's family and coach Hoeppner from the time I got home until the time I called him."
In fact, when Schell called his recruiting coach, interim head coach Bill Lynch, he let Lynch know that if IU wanted to hold off on accepting the commitment until after Hoeppner was back on the job, he was willing to do so.
But not long after Hoeppner concluded his press conference to announce his temporary leave, he called Schell.
"I was more than willing to wait until Coach Hoeppner was healthy and ready to talk about it," Schell said. "But Coach Hoeppner called me tonight and I gave him the news and told him he was in my prayers and I wished him the best of luck with his health."
Schell will arrive in Bloomington after a stellar prep career at Barrington H.S. A 4.0 student as well, Schell is a third-year starter who led his team to the state championship game as a junior.
He's played in a pro-style offense at Barrington that allowed him to throw for 1,200 yards as a junior, and he thinks Hoeppner's offense is the perfect fit for his skills.
"They pass a good amount, and I'm a pocket passer primarily," Schell said. "I like to think I can move around when I have to. I definitely feel comfortable in the shotgun. I feel I can be a great quarterback in that offense. I don't see anything that doesn't fit me that they do.
"It's been a fun process, but in the end I think I found a place I can be happy and successful. That's all you can ask for. It's a great fit."
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