Black Goes In-Depth About IU Decision

Bloomington - Jibreel Black, Scout.com's 16th-ranked defensive end nationally, made a lot of IU coaches very happy Monday afternoon with his college decision. Black goes in depth about why he picked Indiana over Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Kentucky...

Bloomington - After plucking some lesser-knowns from the 2010 recruiting tree in recent weeks, Indiana Football secured a commitment from a big name on Monday.

Jibreel Black, a 6-2, 260-pound defensive end from Cincinnati's Wyoming H.S. called the IU staff Monday afternoon and committed to the Hoosiers. A four-star recruit according to Scout.com, Black had 26 scholarship offers and wound up picking IU over Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky and Cincinnati.

"I feel like I can come in there and make a big difference and hopefully help turn things around up there and win a few championships," Black said shortly after getting off the phone with IU Coach Bill Lynch. "I thought it was a perfect opportunity to come in and showcase my talents and hopefully be a difference maker."

On both paper and on film, Black looks like a difference maker. He's Scout.com's 16th-ranked defensive end nationally, someone who figures to have a chance to compete for an opportunity for immediate playing time. He'll be arriving on campus at the same time that two big-time defensive ends Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton will be graduating as well.

"I'd describe myself as a relentless pass rusher," Black said. "I want to get that quarterback no matter what I have to go through. I'll keep pushing to get there. That what the Indiana coaches liked. They see me as a hard-nosed defensive end who will come off the edge and put pressure on the quarterback."

While the chance for early playing time was a big draw for Black, so was the opportunity to play alongside his older brother, Larry, who is a redshirt freshman who is challenging for a spot on the two deep this fall. Shortly after letting IU assistant coaches George Ricumstrict and Mike Yeager know about his decision this afternoon, Jibreel let Larry know that he'd be joining him on the Bloomington campus beginning in the fall of 2010.

"Having Larry there factored in a lot," Jibreel said. "Playing high school football together he helped me a lot, and I think he'll help in the same way in college. He's excited about me coming there, and I'm looking forward to playing with him. We have that connection on the field and I think we can help bring a good pass rush on the d-line."

In addition to the impact Black figures to make when he arrives on campus, his commitment is also one that figures to help in IU's 2010 recruiting efforts. Along with cornerback Andre Kates, Indiana now has two standout incoming defensive players that had double-digit scholarship offers.

"Everyone was excited about my commitment, and I'm looking forward to coming in and making an impact," Black said.


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