Bloomington, Ind. – Some big-time programs are zeroing in on a small-town Indiana kid.
That kid is Bryan Schroeder, a 5-11, 209-pound tailback from Corydon's North Harrison High School. Despite playing in relative obscurity at the 3A southern Indiana school, Schroeder has caught the attention of plenty of college programs.
Indiana, Purdue, Iowa and Iowa State are among those that have been showing interest in Coach Jason Mullis' standout, and the interest continues to intensify. After a big performance at the recent Nike Combine in Columbus, Ohio, Mullis said he's been getting phone calls from a handful of additional coaches who are interested in seeing Schroeder in person.
"The list of schools that want him to come to their one-day camps is growing daily," Mullis said.
The reason so many programs want to see him in person is because they want to see first-hand if he's as explosive as he's appeared on film and as good as his numbers indicate. He's coming off a junior season that included 2,043 yards and 26 touchdowns on 185 carries, and his 5,601 career rushing yards has positioned him to make a run at the state's all-time rushing record of 7,560 yards set by Indianapolis Cathedral's Otis Shannon (1997-00).
But the fact he plays at a 3A school has some wanting to see him up close before officially extending a scholarship offer.
"The biggest thing that's hurting him is we're 3A football," Mullis said. "He's 209 pounds and we're in 3A out of five classes, and it's unfortunate for him he's in a smaller, rural area school. The level of competition he plays is by no means the level he is."
Both Indiana assistant coach Billy Lynch and assistant head coach Bill Lynch have been to Corydon to see Schroeder, and the younger Lynch is expected back in town again this month. While Indiana hasn't yet offered a scholarship, indications are that will likely happen after Schroeder takes the SAT in June.
"They definitely want him," said Mullis, who added Purdue is taking the same approach to a scholarship offer. "They're holding a scholarship for him."
While the recruiting attention is heating up for Schroeder, both Indiana and Purdue are well positioned with him due to the fact they're in-state schools and Schroeder has a strong interest in playing his college football in Indiana.
"The numbers (of schools interested in him) is growing, but right now I'd say Bryan would put IU and Purdue No. 1 and No. 2," Mullis said. "The neat thing about Bryan is he's an Indiana boy. He wants to bring Indiana football up. He wants people to know, wherever he goes, he's an Indiana-grown kid, he stayed in Indiana, and he's going to try to help a program in Indiana."
Schroeder is one of a couple of talented tailbacks in the state of Indiana in the 2008 class, joining Portage's Albert Evans, Carmel's Aaron King and Franklin Central's Darius Willis. While he doesn't have the chance to go up against the same caliber of competition as that trio, he does have the combination of speed and power that figures to make him a special college player, wherever he winds up.
"I've seen 11 people get a hand on him, and he breaks through 11 tackles and scores," Mullis said. "I've seen him have guys surround him the backfield, he does a spin move and then a juke move, no one touches him, and he goes to the house. I've seen him take it outside and cut up the sideline and take it to the house."
He's a kid with big-time abilities, despite his small town roots. And he'd be a big-time get for either Indiana or Purdue when it comes time for him to make his decision.
Small Town Star Schroeder a Big-Time Talent
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