Bloomington, Ind. – Willy Lowe saw some familiar faces during his IU official visit this weekend.
The Glenville (Ohio) H.S. cornerback was hosted by his former high school teammate, Eric Thomas, who is now a freshman on Coach Bill Lynch's team. Lowe was also able to catch up with another Glenville product in sophomore wideout Ray Fisher.
"I was with them all weekend," the 5-9, 165-pound Lowe said of his former prep teammates. "With Eric being my host, I was about to learn how the program works."
Thomas told his former teammate about his experiences as a Hoosiers, and about the direction he thinks the program is headed. On top of that, Lowe said Thomas stressed the camaraderie that is present on the Hoosier roster.
"Eric talked about how the coaches are really nice, and they help you a lot and how it's a good situation to be in," Lowe said. "It's like a family, and the program is getting turned around."
Lowe had an opportunity to see the Hoosiers first hand on Saturday when he was at the Hoosiers' indoor practice facility for the team's practice. Indiana is gearing up for its Dec. 31 Insight Bowl appearance against Oklahoma State, its first bowl berth since 1993.
He also was able to sit down with IU co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Joe Palcic to watch film of the Hoosier corners to get a better feel for what he'd have an opportunity to do in an IU uniform. The cornerback position figures to be wide open next fall with the loss of seniors Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors, and the IU staff has stressed that Lowe could find himself in the mix.
"They said I'd have a good chance to come in and play, and that's a good thing," Lowe said.
While many of the 14 recruits who were on campus this weekend were joined by family members, Lowe made the trip by himself. IU assistant coach Bobby Johnson made an in-home visit with Lowe's family just before the trip, so Lowe said his family had all the answers they needed about the program.
"Their biggest questions were about academics," Lowe said.
With those questions answered, the next question is whether or not Lowe will wind up in an IU uniform and make it three straight seasons the Hoosiers have managed to lure a player from Glenville H.S. to Bloomington.
The IU trip was Lowe's first official, and he is in the process of trying to set up some more visits. He said West Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina remain possibilities.
Indiana, meanwhile, has made a good impression, and it's one the IU staff hopes will be lasting.
"(Indiana) is pretty high on my list," Lowe said.
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