Hoosiers Add Commitment #9

The opportunity to play alongside his brother and to return home to Indiana were big selling points for the Hoosiers latest football commit - defensive tackle Kevin Burrus. Burrus spoke with HoosierNation.com about that and his other reasons for picking the Hoosiers...

Bloomington, Ind. –Kevin Burrus will be headed home and getting reunited thanks to one very big decision.

The 6-3, 305-pound defensive tackle from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College verbally committed to the Hoosiers Tuesday, becoming the ninth member of the Hoosiers' 2007 recruiting class.

Once he arrives in Bloomington next fall, the Indianapolis Ben Davis H.S. graduate will not only be returning to his home state to play his college football, but he'll once again be playing alongside his twin brother, Keith, who is a freshman defensive end on Coach Terry Hoeppner's squad.

"I always wanted to play with him in college," Kevin said. "We're on the same side of the ball together, and we feel when we're on the same side, no one can stop us.

"It's a great opportunity, it's a team on the rise, and I feel like it's great to go home."

Burrus, who was also getting serious looks from Auburn and Southern Miss, figures to be the sort of big, athletic nose tackle the Hoosiers have been looking for in the heart of the defensive line. He's also benefited from his time at Coffeyville CC, which has given him an opportunity to get his academics in order and thus earn a chance to play Division I football.

"(Coffeyville) has helped me a lot, and it's humbled me a lot," Kevin said. "In high school you can be really big headed, but getting here it's taught me to come down to earth, get my studies together and concentrate."

Now that he's done that, he'll be coming into a situation in Bloomington where he'll be counted on to contribute early in his career. He'll also be joining a young defense that's shown plenty of signs of progress. Kevin was in attendance for Saturday's 31-28 win over Iowa, and saw some of that development first hand.

"I've seen a lot of improvement," Kevin said. "They're young, so we're going to be good the next couple of years – real good. To see what they did against Iowa, that let's you know they are on the rise."

That was a big selling point for Kevin, as was the chance to play alongside his brother. But the job assistant coach Billy Lynch did over the last two years recruiting him also weighed heavily on his mind.

"Coach Lynch recruited me, and he stuck with me these last two years," Kevin said. "I like that loyalty – that was big to me."

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