Bloomington – Before Bill Ivan called Indiana to let the staff know he was ready to commit, he had to make a couple of other calls first.
Those were placed to the handful of schools that were still giving thought to extending scholarship offers to the 6'5", 260-pounder from Charleviox (Mich.) High School. Ivan has ready to pledge to Indiana, and wanted to know if anyone else was close to offering.
"I made sure before I did anything, I called the other coaches to see where they were sitting," Ivan said.
One school that Ivan had a lot of interest in – Iowa – had him on their board, but a little bit too far down to make it worth the wait to see what would unfold in the coming weeks and months.
"Iowa had about three or four offers out there, and had only one (spot) left," Ivan said. "It wasn't looking good there, and they basically said, ‘Good luck' when I called."
That was all Ivan needed to hear to go ahead and agree to become the 13th member of Bill Lynch's IU recruiting class. Indiana had only two spots available for offensive linemen in its class, and Ivan didn't want to miss out on an opportunity to play in the Big Ten.
Ivan not only attended one of IU's one-day camps in the spring, but also was on hand for the Hoosiers' spring practice as well. He said he found a lot of things to like about the Hoosiers during those trips to Bloomington.
"You can tell with the money they're sinking into the facilities like the weight room, they're rededicating to football," Ivan said. "They want to be as good as they can be in all sports, not just basketball. I could see that, and on top of that I had a great time at camp. The staff is great, and from watching spring practice I liked what I saw."
Indiana, meanwhile, likes what Ivan has to offer to its stable of offensive linemen. He ultimately expects to add 30 pounds and likely projects as an offensive tackle, but it's not out of the question that he could be an interior linemen as well.
"They say they like my versatility, and how I can get up and under people and finish a block," Ivan said.
Ivan Makes Calls Before the Call
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