IU, Purdue Battling for In-State Receiver

Is it going to be Indiana or Purdue? Those two were the first two programs to offer 6'4" Brownsburg wide receiver Charles Torwudzo, and they continue to be neck-and-neck for his services. Torwudzo talks about both programs and about his summer plans...

oomington – It didn't take Brownsburg (Ind.) H.S. wide receiver Charles Torwudzo very long to find out how interested both Indiana and Purdue were in having him as part of their 2010 recruiting classes.

On signing day for the '09 class in February, the Hoosiers were the first to extend a scholarship offer to the 6'4", 182-pounder. The very next day, Purdue came through with a scholarship offer of its own.

"It was almost like a weight off my shoulders," Torwudzo said. "It's what I have been working for, and once I got the first offer from Indiana things started rolling. It's made everything worthwhile."

It's easy to understand why there was a sense of relief for Torwudzo about the early offers. After all, he had missed the final four games of his junior season after breaking his ankle, an injury that had him wondering if he was going to get lost in the recruiting shuffle.

"At first that worried me, but it has all worked out," Torwudzo said.

He's since added scholarship offers from Ball Sate, Illinois State, and Eastern Michigan, and Tennessee was expected at the high school yesterday. He's also planning on going to a camp at Illinois June 5 to see if the Illini like what they see.

While Torwudzo would like to add a couple of more offers from those visits and trips, he's happy with the list of schools that have offered, and he said a decision could wind up coming sooner rather than later.

"I'm going to go to a couple of things over the summer and see if I get a couple more offers, but I'm getting closer and closer to a decision every day," Torwudzo said.

At this point, it's a battle between Indiana and Purdue. Those were the first two to offer, the biggest schools on his list, and both have shown plenty of interest in him throughout the process.

Purdue assistant Mark Hagen has been leading the efforts with Torwudzo, although head coach Danny Hope has also talked with him and made a very positive impression.

Indiana's efforts have been led by assistant coach Billy Lynch. The Brownsburg wide receiver said he likes being recruited by a potential position coach, and that it's clear how badly IU wants to have him as part of its 2010 class.

"I get 2-3 letters every day about how I should be down in Bloomington and how I fit in their offense," Torwudzo said. "They tell me it's close to home and how they're trying to build their team with Indiana players. They also say the offense they run is perfect for a player like me."

It's easy to see why the IU staff thinks he'd be a perfect fit. There is a lot to like about Torwudzo, who had 26 catches for 455 yards and three touchdowns before going down with the injury.

"A lot say they like my speed and the fact I'm a big guy and I'm pretty physical," Torwudzo said.

He's also healthy. Torwudzo said he's back to 100 percent, and a recent first-place finish in the 100-meter dash at a track meet at Avon H.S. served as proof that he's returned to where he was before the injury. The IU staff, meanwhile, will get a chance to see that for themselves next month when he comes to Bloomington along with his high school team for IU's team camp.

That trip will give him another opportunity as well to try to figure out which of the two Big Ten rivals is the best fit for his skills.

"Indiana is definitely toward the top with me - Indiana and Purdue are pretty close. They are right next to each other."

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