Bloomington, Ind. – There isn't much for Chad Sherer and others to do but wait.
The Hamilton Heights (Ind.) running back/linebacker had his senior season end weeks ago in the state playoffs, falling to eventual state champion Bishop Chatard in a hard-fought 13-10 contest. Sherer totaled 1,060 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns for Hamilton Heights, which went 8-3 this fall.
Since his season ended in early November, his focus has turned to playing basketball for his prep team while keeping one eye on what's been unfolding in Bloomington.
While the Hoosiers might still be a week away from knowing their postseason fate, it's unclear when there will be some clarity about the IU coaching situation. IU Coach Bill Lynch is still awaiting word from IU administrators if he'll be given a multi-year contract extension after leading the Hoosiers to their first bowl game in 14 years.
There has been speculation that an answer to that question could come as early as today, but in the meantime, Sherer and IU's other 15 verbally committed recruits can offer only luke-warm assurances that they'll be in Bloomington next fall.
"As of now (I'm planning on going to IU)," Sherer said. "I feel comfortable there, and they're my No. 1 choice right now."
While the proximity of IU to Sherer's Arcadia, Ind., home as well as the campus were big selling points when he committed last summer, the biggest factor was the coaching staff headlined by Lynch and his son, Billy, who handles most of the Hoosiers' in-state recruiting. Sherer continues to talk to Billy on a regular basis, and does his best to keep Sherer up-to-date on what's going to unfold.
"They've continued to say they're the coaches, and they don't really know what's going to happen with the future," Sherer said.
That uncertainty hasn't resulted in any defections thus far for IU's recruiting class, but a couple of the commits' verbals haven't sounded as solid as of late. In addition, Indiana hasn't secured a new commitment since mid-August, undoubtedly a result of recruits taking a wait-and-see approach to the coaching situation.
Indiana's recruiting efforts would likely get a big boost if positive news comes regarding a contract extension for Lynch, and it would certainly put Sherer's mind at ease about his college football future.
But in the meantime, Sherer continues to gear up for a college football future that still has a degree of uncertainty surrounding it.
Sherer, Other Recruits Await Word
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