Drane Pledges to Hoosiers

Safety is a position of need for the Hoosiers in the 2007 class, and Coach Terry Hoeppner's staff landed one last night - Plantation (Fla.) H.S. standout Jarrell Drane. Drane talked to HoosierNation.com about his IU commitment...

Coach Terry Hoeppner's program is preparing for an important couple of weeks of January official visits, but they received word Wednesday night that one of their December visitors had come to a decision and picked the Hoosiers.

Jarrell Drane, a 6-3, 180-pound safety from Plantation (Fla.) H.S. pledged to the Hoosiers, becoming the 15th member of the Hoosiers' 2007 class. A long, athletic, big-hitting safety, Drane is expected to have a chance to compete for playing time early in his IU career.

A high school teammate of IU-bound running back Zach Walker, Drane missed most of his senior season with a broken forearm, playing in only the final two games and recorded 18 tackles. That came on the heels of a junior season when he had 85 tackles, one interception, and was considered one of the top defenders in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

But that injury resulted in some programs back off, but Indiana stuck with Drane throughout the process, and he eventually picked IU over South Florida.

"I really like Coach Hep, and it feels like home," "When I took visit, the guys are really great guys. The campus is nice, and I love the way they play defense."

HoosierNation.com will have more on Drane's commitment, including more comments from the soon-to-be Hoosier, Thursday morning.

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