Indiana has a pretty good idea what it's getting with 6-8, 265-pound offensive tackle Josh Hager.
The St. Louis McCluer North H.S. standout has been on campus during each of the past two summers participating in IU's team camp. That gave the IU coaching staff a chance to evaluate him, and an opportunity for him to evaluate the Hoosier program.
Ultimately, each decided they were the perfect fit. Hager committed to Indiana at the conclusion of his official visit this weekend, picking IU over Minnesota.
Indiana now has 13 verbals to date, including one (Chris Hagerup) who plans to enroll in January.
"I've been there for two years with the football camp, so I kind of knew how the coaches were and all of the people," Hager said. "I know how (IU offensive line coach) Bobby Johnson coaches and what he's looking for. That was definitely helpful."
What Johnson has been looking for is tall, athletic linemen, and Hager fits that bill. While he is in the 260-270 pound range, he's still considered rangy and is someone who can easily add weight to his frame once he gets into college.
He combines that frame with excellent athleticism, good feet, and very long arms that will help him slow down opposing defensive ends at the collegiate level.
"Coach Johnson liked that I was aggressive, and that I used my long arms to my advantage," Hager said.
Considered one of the top 10 seniors in the St. Louis area this year, Hager was hosted by freshman Alex Perry over the weekend. In addition to touring the facilities and the campus, he also had the opportunity to meet with Hoeppner on Sunday.
"He's a really good coach and a really nice guy," Hager said. "I like how everything with the program is going up. They're doing their best to graduate everyone and keep up the athletics and get a good football program going. They're upgrading the facilities and giving you the best opportunity to succeed."
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