Bloomington – Indiana football's recruiting efforts have been paying off in a big way over the last two weeks.
It's not commitments to play football at IU for four years that the staff has been looking for as of late, but rather for one day. The IU coaching staff has been making every effort to get many of the elite prospects from around the Midwest to come to Bloomington for one of their one-day camps.
"We all compete to get them on our campus," IU Coach Bill Lynch said. "We feel if we can get them on campus, they can see what we're all about. (All schools) have great websites and can get them information about the university but when they're here first hand they can put faces with names, they can visualize things.
"Then, when they go home and you get to fall and you can call them once a week, it's a lot easier for everyone."
College football programs have a 15-day window to get their camps in, and IU started things off with their 7-on-7 passing camp and offensive line/defensive line technique camp June 5. Since then the Hoosier staff has been welcoming a steady stream of Division I talent to campus for one-day camps. Lynch said they are holding one every day until June 20.
Other than some logistical problems getting a handful of campers to and from Bloomington on the first day due to the rains and flooding around the state, this summer's camps have been successful in luring top players from the state as well as neighboring states to town to get a taste for what IU football is all about.
While the one-day camps are an important recruiting tool for coaching staffs, they're also very important for the players as well. In some cases, it gives them a chance to earn a scholarship offer based on their performances in front of the IU coaching staff. And in all cases, it provides the high school player an opportunity to get a feel for the IU coaching staff and what their situation would be like if they decided to play for the Hoosiers.
"We try to be ourselves so they get a good feel for what we're all about, how they'd be coached and how they'd be treated if they come," Lynch said.
IU's ability to attract kids to their camp and eventually recruit then to school has paid off in a big way in recent years. By the first week of last July, the Hoosiers had secured 12 verbal commitments, and all but one of those players had attended one of IU's camps (Ben Davis' Tandon Doss was the lone exception). Approximately two-thirds of the players who signed with Indiana in February participated in at least one of IU's summer camps a year ago.
That's why Indiana has been fighting so hard to convince players from not only Indiana, but the Chicagoland area, the Detroit area, Ohio, and even Atlanta to make the trip to Bloomington this June.
"It's competitive for all of us," Lynch said. "There are so many days of the week, and time when their high school program will let them go out because they want them there working with them.
"There are only so many they can go to, so you want to be one of the stops as they go around, so it's pretty competitive."
Recruiting Efforts Paying Off In June
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