Hoosiers Still In Hot Pursuit of Macarthy

Bloomington – Indiana already has a commitment from one of the state's top quarterback prospects, but that hasn't halted its efforts to land another one.

Bloomington – Indiana already has a commitment from one of the state's top quarterback prospects, but that hasn't halted its efforts to land another one.

Merrillville's Dolapo Macarthy was originally offered by the Hoosiers in the spring, and that interest hasn't wavered in the aftermath of the commitment from Jeffersonville's Edward Wright Baker. In fact, Macarthy says IU has separated itself with its recruiting efforts during the spring and summer months.

"Indiana is the school that's recruited me harder than any other school," Macarthy said. "They stay in touch, send me e-mail. They're really interested in me, and they're one of my top choices right now."

There's plenty to like about the 6-5, 190-pound signal caller. A gifted athlete who is also a talented basketball player, Macarthy threw for 1,694 yards and rushed for another 512 last season to go along with a combined 23 touchdowns. His play helped Merrillville to a 12-2 record last fall, and he's hoping for an even bigger season during his senior campaign.

Macarthy is one of the elite in-state quarterbacks in the '09 class along with Wright-Baker, Carmel's Morgan Newton, Center Grove's Jordan Luallen and Columbus East's Dusty Kiel. Indiana already has secured a commitment from Wright-Baker, but Macarthy said that pledge hasn't dissuaded him from giving IU serious consideration.

"I don't really focus on who committed here or there, because there's going to be competition anywhere you go," Macarthy said. "I mind my own business and do what I have to do, go down my own path and try to reach my goals."

Indiana is one of four schools that has offered, along with Iowa, Bowling Green and most recently Central Michigan. Macarthy is hoping that list will grow after he attended one-day camps at Ohio State, Purdue and Illinois last month. He's also slated to make a trip to Michigan State this weekend, and he's tentatively talking about making an unofficial visit to Central Michigan July 27.

"Illinois has become interested in me after seeing me at camp and getting a chance to coach me up, and I think they felt more comfortable with me after I left camp," Macarthy said. "Purdue, they're also recruiting me hard. All of those schools have stayed in contact with me after their camps."

While Indiana wasn't on Macarthy's summer camp swing, he said the IU staff is trying to get him to come to Bloomington for an unofficial visit so he can see some of the renovations that are underway with the facilities and sit down with the coaching staff.

They've also been trying to sell Macarthy on the prospects for a very bright future with the program.

"They really believe they're going to be contenders for the Big Ten title soon and they want me to be a part of it," Macarthy said.

The IU staff will likely find out in the not-too-distant future whether or not Macarthy is going to take them up on their offer. While he's still holding out hope for additional scholarship offers, Macarthy said he's not going to let his decision drag out for months.

I'd like to get it over before the season starts," Macarthy said. "I don't want to be thinking about that. This is a big season for me. I don't want to have that sort of worry hanging over me."

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