Indiana provided the sort of opportunity Tyler Replogle was looking for.
The Centerville, Ohio, linebacker entered the recruiting process last spring with a goal – to play in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers were the first league school to offer that opportunity, and the 6-2, 220-pounder accepted IU's offer in August.
"When I got out (of the recruiting process) I wanted to be able to play all of the big teams I've grown up with, Ohio State, Michigan," Replogle said. "I wanted to be a part of that, and Indiana has given me that opportunity."
Replogle, who made his official visit to IU last weekend, is coming off a standout senior season. He led Centerville H.S. to an 8-2 record, recording 132 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks while earning second-team All-State honors. That capped a three-year prep career that saw him total 414 tackles.
Those kind of numbers and productivity are what initially attracted Indiana, and it's resulted in a few programs still calling to inquire about just how solid Replogle's commitment is to IU. But he said last weekend's official visit to Bloomington is the only one he'll be taking, and he'll be in Bloomington in the fall.
"Once I committed to Indiana, I was 100 percent sure that was where I wanted to be," Replogle said.
Once he arrives on the Bloomington campus in the fall, he'll join a young stable of linebackers that features a pair of Freshman All-Big Ten performers in Josh Bailey and Will Patterson. That duo was two of the seven Hoosier freshmen who earned all-league honors for freshmen, a fact that isn't lost on Replogle as he gets himself ready for his debut season of college football.
"That shows you there's always a chance to play early if you work hard and things work out," Replogle said.
That's one of the things IU Coach Terry Hoeppner and IU Linebackers Coach George Ricumstrict stressed while Replogle was in town for his visit last weekend. Replogle was one of six players in town for officials last weekend, four of which are IU-bound (Replogle, Mitchell Evans, Darius Johnson and Max Dedmond).
"I was really impressed with the coaching staff and the organization during my visit," Replogle said. "The players were really nice to me, and we had a lot of fun. Both Coach Hep and Coach Ricumstrict are real nice guys. They made me feel welcome, and told me that if I work hard I can be successful at Indiana."
Replogle's hard work has already begun. While he's playing with Centerville's basketball team, he continues to lift in his free time while also doing pilates to work on his flexibility.
"I'm just looking to continue to get faster, bigger, and stronger so I'll be ready when I get to Indiana," Replogle said.
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