Bloomington, Ind. – Jerimy Finch might have been in Florida visiting Coach Urban Meyer's program over the weekend, but he says his future is still in Bloomington.
"I'm still solid for Indiana," Finch said Monday afternoon. "I don't see anything happening to change that right now."
The 6-2, 200-pound safety from Indianapolis' Warren Central H.S. made everyone around the Hoosier football program nervous when he decided to take a last-minute official visit to the recently crowned national championship program. That visit came just two weeks after he'd been in Bloomington and committed to the Hoosiers, giving the IU program arguably its most high profile commitment in more than a decade.
But Finch said Monday Indiana is still the place for him, and he reiterated that to IU Coach Terry Hoeppner as well in a Monday phone call.
"The academics are a big reason I chose Indiana, plus the way I felt around the people – I was comfortable there," Finch said. "I know a couple of people there, and it's family – it's close to home."
Finch's commitment did little to dissuade college programs from trying to get him to reconsider and instead opt for their program. In addition to Florida, Michigan has been a frequent visitor to Warren Central in recent weeks. Finch originally verballed to the Wolverines in the fall, but backed out of that commitment to pledge to Indiana.
"On a scale of 1-10, it's been a 10, probably more," Finch said about the intensity of other program's pursuit of him since he committed to IU. "They're still trying. But I have to think about myself and do what I have to do.
"It's alright. I expected it to happen, and I just have to work through it."
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