Bloomington, Ind. – The IU football program is hoping to keep its run of good fortune going with the powerhouse Glenville (Ohio) football program.
Coach Ted Ginn's program gave IU wideout Ray Fisher two years ago, and then last season the Hoosiers lured talented defensive end Eric Thomas to Bloomington. Fisher was the team's second-leading receiver this fall with 49 catches for 462 yards and four touchdowns, while Thomas is one of the most promising members of the redshirt freshman class.
Now, IU has set its sights on 5-9, 165-pound cornerback Willy Lowe for the 2008 class. Lowe is one of 14 players who will make an official visit to Bloomington this weekend.
It will be Lowe's first official, who says he also has offers from the likes of West Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina, among others.
"It will be good to be able to go there and see how the coaches are, be around them and see what it would be like if I'm on the football team," Lowe said. "I'll also want to check things out academically, look at the teachers a lot and talk to them about my major (business)."
While the trip to Bloomington will be give him a chance to take a closer look at Coach Bill Lynch's program, he's gained a familiarity with the Hoosiers thanks to the fact that he does have a couple of former teammates who have been with the Hoosiers and can share their experiences with him.
"Having those guys there has a good impact because you have players you know and have been around a long time and can make you feel more comfortable, so that's a plus," Lowe said.
Lowe is coming off a senior season where he played on both sides of the ball, contributing as a tailback as well on a team that went 10-3 and advanced to the state semifinals. Glenville's season ended in heartbreaking fashion, falling to Mentor H.S., 41-40, just one game shy of the state championship contest.
While he was a dynamic player on offense as well, all of the programs that are recruiting him say his future is in the defensive backfield.
"I can jam and play one-on-one coverage, I have good speed, I have a good break on the ball and I have good hands for a corner," Lowe said.
Those are skills Indiana is looking for, and cornerback is a position of need considering the Hoosiers lose a pair of senior starters in Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors at season's end. While Lowe isn't close to making a decision nor is he singling out any favorites, he admits Indiana is very much in the running.
"They're pretty high on my list," Lowe said.
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