Hoosiers Add In-State Commitment

Bloomington, Ind. - One of the state's most intriguing football recruits is headed to Bloomington. Indianapolis Pike offensive lineman Dennis Zeigler let the IU staff know that he was going to be a Hoosier...

Bloomington, Ind. - One of the state's most intriguing recruits is headed to Bloomington.

Dennis Zeigler, a 6-7, 340-pound pound offensive lineman from Indianapolis Pike H.S., verbally committed to Coach Terry Hoeppner's program last night.

"I came down for the Indiana-Michigan game, and they made me feel like I was already a part of the team," Zeigler said. "I can see myself helping the team a lot, and I really like Coach (Bobby) Johnson. He's a good guy and we get along great."

Zeigler is an intriguing recruit because he's a similar talent to current IU freshman James Brewer, whose climbed to No. 2 on the depth chart at tackle. Like Brewer, Zeigler spent most of his time playing basketball as a youth before turning his attention to football recently. That resulted in limited recruiting interest as most programs knew little about the Pike standout, but Indiana and assistant coach Billy Lynch have been targeting Zeigler for some time.

"IU was really the only one showing me the love," Zeigler said. "That's why they got me – they made me feel like I was already a Hoosier."

Of course, attracting the state's best players has been a top priority of the Hoosier staff. A year ago IU had one of its best seasons for in-state recruiting when it lured the likes of Will Patterson, Cody Faulkner, Greg Middleton, Ben Chappell and James Brewer to Bloomington. This year IU is at it again, as Zeigler joins Crown Point's Matt Ernest and Evansville Central's Max Dedmond as in-state players that have pledged to IU.

Indiana is also heavily involved with a handful of players from three-time defending state champion Warren Central H.S., including running back Darren Evans, safety Jerimy Finch and defensive lineman Jeff Boyd, among others.

"Coach Hep has done a really good job of getting this program turned around," Zeigler said. "They've got guys on offense like James Hardy and Kellen Lewis, and on the defensive side they've got young guys like Will Patterson and Greg Middleton. They're going in the right direction. When you add in the recruits they have coming in this year, I see nothing but good things coming."

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