Camp Trips Big For Comer

Brownsburg (Ind.) All-State linebacker Jayme Comer will be headed around the Midwest this summer for a variety of summer camps, giving IU and other college programs a chance to evaluate the 6-2, 220-pounder...

Bloomington, Ind. – Brownsburg (Ind.) linebacker Jayme Comer is headed to Bloomington.

It's a trip, though, that will take place in June when the entire Brownsburg H.S. team arrives in town to participate in Coach Terry Hoeppner's Team Camp. While it will provide the entire squad with an opportunity to learn from the IU coaching staff for the week-long event, it's an especially important visit for Comer.

That's because the 6-2, 220-pound middle linebacker is a player who figures to be evaluated very closely by the IU staff in an effort to determine if they should offer the Junior All-State pick a scholarship.

"It will be good for me because they can see how I play," Comer said.

On his prep team, Comer has starred on both sides of the ball. A standout running back and linebacker, Comer totaled 90 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one sack and one interception while earning first-team Class 5A All-State honors.

Scout.com has him ranked as the No. 97 in its Midwest player rankings for the Class of 2008. He's one of only 10 in-state players to land on the list, joining Bishop Dwenger wide receiver John Goodman (No. 15), Franklin Central running back Darius Willis (No. 22), Penn offensive lineman Braxston Cave (No. 30), Warren Central defensive tackle Steven Barnett (No. 39), Crown Point offensive lineman Kurt Wermers (No. 47), Ben Davis quarterback MarQueis Gray (No. 57), Ben Davis wide receiver Tandon Doss (No. 72), Plainfield tight end Nelson Hurst (No. 81) and North Harrison running back Bryan Schroeder (No. 90).

While he's a two-way standout at the prep level, he'll be a linebacker at the collegiate level, and most likely a middle linebacker.

"Most schools I talk to say I'm their prototypical middle linebacker," Comer said. "Most say I'm a downhill player and someone who likes to hit people."

Those skills have drawn interest from a handful of schools around the Midwest. While he's yet to receive his first scholarship offer, he's been hearing from Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati and Kentucky among others. He also was a visitor at Junior Days on the campuses at Indiana, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan and Ball State, and said two programs stood out during those trips.

"Probably IU and Cincinnati," said Comer, who added Cincinnati has been recruiting him the hardest. "Those were probably the best because of the facilities and the way their programs are going."

Now that the spring and summer months have arrived, things figure to get going for Comer on the recruiting front. He said college coaches have been by the high school this week to visit and some scholarship offers should be on the horizon. He'll be traveling around the Midwest this summer to participate in a handful of summer camps – in addition to IU's – to give coaches a closer look at his abilities.

"I know if I'm patient (the offers are) going to happen," Comer said. "If I work hard, good things will happen."

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