Sherer Earns IU Offer

Bloomington, Ind. - During a recent trip to Bloomington, there were plenty of eyes on Hamilton Heights (Ind.) H.S. athlete Chad Sherer. A standout on both sides of the ball at the prep level, the 6-1, 195-pounder from Cicero joined his high school team at the IU 7-on-7 team camp...

Bloomington, Ind. - During a recent trip to Bloomington, there were plenty of eyes on Hamilton Heights (Ind.) H.S. athlete Chad Sherer.

A standout on both sides of the ball at the prep level, the 6-1, 195-pounder from Cicero joined his high school team at the IU 7-on-7 team camp last month with plenty on the line. The IU coaching staff had been close to offering a scholarship this off-season, and he knew a solid performance in front of the coaches could earn him his first Big Ten offer.

During the five-day camp Sherer bounced around from offense to defense, position to position, and coach to coach.

"We did one-on-one stuff, so I worked with the running backs coach one day, the DB coach one day, and the linebacker coach another day," Sherer said. "Everything I was doing, there was a different coach there watching me, evaluating me. So throughout the camp, I had to give 100 percent all the time."

That proved to be more than enough for the Hoosier staff, which officially offered Sherer at the close of camp. It was the second offer for Sherer, who already had one from Army.

While Sherer is coming off a 182-carry, 1,260-yard, 20-touchdown season as a tailback, he'll likely wind up on defense at the collegiate level. He said the most likely spot is outside linebacker, although safety is a possibility as well.

Will that be in Bloomington? Sherer won't single out any favorites, but admits he has a strong interest in the Hoosiers.

"It's great – I love it there," said Sherer, who is also getting interest from Purdue, Illinois, Toledo and Ball State. "The coaches are really nice, the facilities are nice, the new renovation and weight room will be cool – I'm excited about all of that. The location is good, because it's only about 1 ½ hours away."

Sherer is another in-state target who's being recruited by Billy Lynch, who has played a big part in re-establishing IU as an in-state recruiting force. Indiana secured commitments from five of the top 10 players in the state a year ago, and already has verbals from Indiana preps Nick Sliger, Marquelo Suel and Tandon Doss this year.

"He's a great guy," Sherer said. "He's obviously younger, and we get along as far as being around the same age. He understands where I'm coming from.

"Every time I talk to him, he's talking about how many in-state kids they're getting, and he's excited about that. That's one of his main goals."

In addition his trip to IU's camp, Sherer also attended camps at Purdue, Illinois, Ball State, Michigan and Purdue. He continues to hear from Illinois and Purdue's coaching staff has said they plan on watching him play in a game this fall, but Sherer might not wait that long to make his decision.

"I kind of want to get it out of the way before the season, get it off my back," Sherer said.

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