Offer Worth the Wait for Suel

Bloomington, Ind. – Once the IU offer came it didn't take Marquelo Suel long to accept. When IU Assistant Head Coach Bill Lynch officially extended an IU scholarship offer last week, the 6-3, 178-pound Ft. Wayne Harding standout took less than a week to decide that Bloomington was the place for him.

Bloomington, Ind. – Once the IU offer came it didn't take Marquelo Suel long to accept.

When IU Assistant Head Coach Bill Lynch officially extended an IU scholarship offer last week, the 6-3, 178-pound Ft. Wayne Harding standout took less than a week to decide that Bloomington was the place for him.

"He decided to commit early because he really likes IU, he really likes Coach Lynch, and they run a similar offense to what we do," Harding Coach Sherwood Haydock said Friday. "He didn't really want to go through the whole process – he decided to be a part of IU's future."

While Indiana finally did offer a scholarship last week, they've been very interested Suel for some time. But there was some questions about whether he'd be a qualifier, which prompted Lynch and the Hoosiers to take a wait-and-see approach.

But Haydock said indications are Suel will meet the NCAA and IU academic requirements to be eligible in 2008.

"I think he's definitely going to qualify," said Haydock, who added the IU coaches have sat down with Harding's principal to go over his academic standing and progress. "It's a matter of him keeping doing what he's doing right now.

"I don't think IU is taking that big of a chance on him."

Assuming all is in order academically, IU is getting a wideout who has all the tools to be a special player. He's coming off a junior season that included 51 receptions for 959 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping Ft. Wayne Harding to the Indiana Class state title.

"I think he's shown he's decent height at 6-3, he can jump, he has great hands," Haydock said. "It's a matter that he's tall enough that he can out maneuver some people and he can jump out of the gym.

"Also, he has great speed with that - he's not a possession type guy. This is his first year running track, and he might end up being one of the top 400 men in the state and one of the top 200 men in the state before it's over. He's already run 50 (seconds) in the 400. So he's a great athlete with great speed."

He's also going to be accomplishing something that Suel didn't necessarily think was possible even a year ago – going to college to play Division I football.

"When we first started discussing that, I don't think until this year he thought he'd be a college type person - he didn't realize his talent level," Haydock said. "After this season I asked him, ‘where would you be interested in going? Do you have a favorite?' And he said no. Then, we said we'll pick what we think is best for you."

In the mind of both Haydock and Suel's mother, the best place to go was IU.

"I said if it's not Ohio State or Michigan, everyone else in the Big Ten, in my opinion, you're going to get a good education, and if you do well and are good enough to go to the next level, you're going to be seen plenty of times," Haydock said. "It's not a matter of going here or there for exposure. With IU having the type of passing game they do, and the things they like to do, showing early interest, and his mom liking IU, it made him excited IU offered and he decided to go with that."

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