Hoosiers Play Catch-Up with Jefferson

The 6-5, 170-pound Glenville (Ohio) wideout talks about his official visit to Bloomington over the weekend, and how the Hoosiers have made up some ground on Wisconsin...

Bloomington, Ind. – Kyle Jefferson is closing in on a decision.

The 6-5, 170-pound wideout from Glenville (Ohio) High School was in Bloomington for his official visit over the weekend, one of 10 official visitors to Coach Terry Hoeppner's program. And that trip to Bloomington appears to have elevated IU in Jefferson's eyes.

Jefferson admitted that of his three finalists – Indiana, Wisconsin and Purdue – the Badgers were at the top of his list before his trip to IU, but the Hoosiers played some catch up.

"Right now, Wisconsin and Indiana are even," Jefferson said. "Wisconsin was at the top of my list, but now they are even."

Jefferson will take an official visit to Purdue this weekend, and a decision should come soon afterwards.

One of a slew of players being courted from Ted Ginn's powerhouse Glenville program, Jefferson is the 82nd ranked wideout nationally according to Scout.com. As a senior he caught 30 passes for 400 yards and eight touchdowns.

While in Bloomington, Jefferson was hosted by IU freshman wideout Ray Fisher, a former high school teammate of Jefferson's at Glenville.

"It was great to have a former teammate as a host because you walk in there and you know somebody, feel more comfortable and relaxed," Jefferson said. "You can be yourself and you don't have to be up tight. I had a great time."

At the close of his official Jefferson met with Hoeppner, who let the standout wideout know how badly the Hoosiers want to see him in an IU uniform.

"They pass the ball a lot, and I'm big and tall and fast for my height," Jefferson said. "They see me stretching the field. Coach Hep is really cool, a laid back guy. He's the kind of coach that won't steer you wrong."

While Jefferson had plenty of positive things to say about IU, the same can be said about his recent trip to see Madison and Coach Brett Bielema's Badger program as well.

"Wisconsin has a great campus," Jefferson said. "I had a chance to watch them practice, and they have a great team. They have a great school, great coaches, great players – it's an all-around great school."

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