Gelo Orange has come a long way in very short time.
On the field, the Naples, Fla., defensive end has gone from a virtual unknown to a coveted recruiting commodity. After picking up the sport just two years ago, the 6-4, 220-pounder has developed into an impact player at Naples H.S., recording a team-best 11 sacks on a team that went 11-2 this fall.
Off the field, Orange has adjusted to his move from Haiti three and a half years ago, coming to the U.S. in January of 2004 to live with his father.
It's all come together for Orange as of late. In his first year of earning significant varsity playing time, he quickly emerged as Naples' biggest playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. As the season went along, more college coaches began to take notice, including the IU staff. Indiana is one of four programs to offer scholarships along with Wake Forest, Colorado and Florida International.
Orange was one of just a handful of players in Bloomington over the weekend for an official visit, and he said the Hoosiers are one of his two finalists.
"I'm considering Indiana and Wake Forest," Orange said.
Orange will visit the Deamon Deacon program next weekend, and a decision should come soon afterwards. Whichever program winds up getting a commitment from Orange will be getting a player with loads of athleticism and plenty of untapped potential.
"Coaches seem to like my quickness, the way I move," Orange said. "They like my feet, and they say I have quick hands."
Orange, meanwhile, likes the Hoosiers. He said IU Coach Terry Hoeppner made it obvious he was a top priority for the Hoosiers in this year's recruiting class.
"He seems to really want me there, and that really impressed me," Orange said. "They have a good program, and (I can get a) good education. They players were really nice, and the coaches were too. It's a nice school."
Orange also got a chance to see something for the first time in his life during his stay in Bloomington – snow. After some mild temperatures on Friday and Saturday, Sunday's snow showers offered the Haiti-turned-Florida resident a new experience.
"I had never seen snow before, so that was crazy," Orange said. "It was fun to watch the snow."
Orange enjoyed watching the snow in Bloomington, but will Indiana fans have the opportunity to watch him in an IU uniform beginning next fall? That won't become clear until after next weekend's visit to Wake Forest.
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