Bloomington, Ind. - Will it be IU or U of I?
That's the decision facing Mooresville (Ind.) kicker Trent Mossbrucker, who says he's narrowed his list of potential college destinations to Big Ten foes Indiana and Iowa.
The Hoosiers offered the 5-11, 190-pounder in the spring after he shined at the Indianapolis S.O.S. camp that IU Assistant Billy Lynch attended, while Iowa offered last week following Mossbrucker's trip to Iowa City. He admits it won't be an easy decision between the two conference schools, but he doesn't want to wait too long before coming to a resolution.
"I'd like to decide before the (high school) season, so probably in the next month I'll make my decision," Mossbrucker said.
Indiana and Iowa are battling for a player who stars as a quarterback, free safety, kicker and punter at Mooresville H.S. As a junior, Mossbrucker was 7-of-14 on field goals – including a 49-yarder – and was also 28-of-32 on extra points. Offensively he accounted for 20 touchdowns (12 passing, eight rushing) while completing 95-of-168 passes for 1,237 yards.
When it comes to college, though, Mossbrucker said he's being recruited exclusively as a kicker. It became clear in the spring after his performance at the S.O.S. camp that he'd get an opportunity to play at the high D-I level, and now it's a matter of deciding if Indiana or Iowa has more to offer.
Mossbrucker was recently in Bloomington participating in the Hoosiers' team camp, which provided him with another opportunity to get an up close look at the IU program.
"I think it's a great program (at IU), and they are on the rise with the people they are bringing in and the recruits," Mossbrucker said. "They coaching staff is great. I really like Billy Lynch. He's a great guy, and he's a players' coach. He can relate to us really well because he played and he knows what we're going through."
Iowa, meanwhile, also impressed the Indiana high school star during a recent trip to Iowa City.
"What stands out about them is the prestige of their program and how they play in bowl games year in and year out," Mossbrucker said. "their coaching staff is great also, really nice and personable people."
Mossbrucker is left with two good options for his college future, and a self-assessed time schedule for coming to a conclusion. Ultimately, he says it will be determining which school provides the best opportunity academically as well as athletically.
"The most important to me is academics, because everything revolves around that," said Mossbrucker, who added he'd like to major in either business or education. "Then, I want to be a place I'm comfortable and I want to play for championships. I want to play big-time college games."
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