Is IU Still in Good Shape with Finch?

Signing day is now less than two weeks away, and it will be a long two weeks for the IU staff as they try to fend off programs still in pursuit of Jerimy Finch. looks at that battle and talks about who's visiting the IU program this weekend...

Welcome, IU football fans, to the world of high-stakes college football recruiting.

It's going to be a bumpy ride.

IU coach Terry Hoeppner landed the biggest fish of his IU tenure a couple weeks ago when he reeled in Warren Central safety Jerimy Finch, a 6-2, 200-pound safety who is the top-ranked player in the state and a top-75 player nationally. The importance of Finch's pledge can't be understated in terms of the impact he can make on the field, or in the message it sends to future elite in-state recruits who have gone everywhere but Bloomington for the last 10 years.

But now that IU has the pledge, it needs to get his commitment in writing. And with the Feb. 7 signing day still two weeks away, that gives others plenty of time to try to change his mind.

And they're trying to do so. According to published reports, Michigan – which originally had a verbal commitment from Finch – has been in his high school twice this month and thinks it can still lure him to Ann Arbor. Recently-crowned national champion Florida has been rumored to be courting Finch as well, possibly bringing him to the Gainesville campus for an official visit this weekend.

The IU coaches, meanwhile, are likely crossing off the days on the recruiting calendar, anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get Finch's commitment on a National Letter of Intent Feb. 7.

What will happen? No one knows for sure at this point. But there are a couple of things in IU's favor:

- Finch was very firm in his reasons for picking IU a couple weeks ago, and he hasn't been quoted saying he's wavering on his Hoosier pledge. It's no surprise that the Michigan staff has remained in contact, since they were bound to try to make a last-ditch effort to still get him to Ann Arbor after he originally verballed there;

- it would be tough for him to de-commit from IU after he and teammate Jeff Boyd verballed to Hoeppner together. That's not to say Boyd wouldn't have wound up in an IU uniform without Finch, but the Warren Central defensive tackle talked at length about the impact both can make at IU, and why that was a big reason why he chose IU;

- you can rest assured that IU assistant coach Billy Lynch won't let up on Finch until after he has the letter of intent in hand. Lynch will be aided in his efforts by Finch's Warren Central teammates Boyd, cornerback Chris Adkins and Andrew McDonald, all of whom want to see their prep teammates with them in Bloomington.

All signs point to IU getting Finch, but there will be some nervous IU coaches huddled around the fax machine Feb. 7…

- all signs point to Indiana pretty well being done with its 2007 football recruiting. On the final weekend before signing day, IU is bringing in only one official visitor – Johnathan Frink from Oxford, Miss. The younger brother of former IU defensive tackle Jamil Frink, Johnathan is 6-2, 230-pounder who is's 25th-ranked middle linebacker nationally.

- one player IU had hoped to get on campus this weekend won't be making the trip – Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., cornerback Moses Jenkins. The 6-2, 175-pounder has chosen to take his fifth and final official visit to Florida. Top Stories