Bloomington – It only made sense that Pete Bachman and Tim O'Conner would stick together when it came to picking a college to play football.
The Cincinnati Elder High School duo have added their names to IU's commitment list, bringing the Hoosiers' total to 19. The 6'4", 190-pound O'Conner accepted IU's last available slot for a wide receiver on Thursday, while his 6'5", 245-pound high school teammate pledged today during a trip to Bloomington with his mom and dad.
"I had a good idea I'd probably commit while I was there," Bachman said. "I just wanted to go out there for another visit and make sure it was the right choice."
IU proved to be the right choice for both Bachman and O'Conner, who are more than just high school teammates. The rising high school seniors paths first crossed when they were born just days apart in the same hospital in Cincinnati, and since then they've gone to the same schools and played on the same teams and developed into Division I caliber recruits.
"It's going to be neat to play together," said Bachman. "He had to jump at his offer because they only had one spot left, and he knew I was coming out. It just so happened we went back-to-back."
Bachman said IU plans to start him out at defensive end, although there remains a possibility his position could change after a redshirt season. He played defensive end on last year's Elder H.S. team that was the Division I state runner-up, and this year he's going to move to the offensive side where he's slated to start at left tackle.
He said either position is a possibility in college, as the IU staff believes he will be in the 290-300 pound range after a redshirt season in Bloomington.
"Indiana is looking at me as a big man athlete who could play offensive line or defensive line," Bachman said.
The Hoosiers weren't the only ones who liked what they saw in Bachman. Cincinnati and Ohio had both offered him scholarships, while Iowa, Northwestern, Bowling Green and Army were also expressing plenty of interest. But the opportunities that IU offered along with the proximity to home was too good of a combination to pass up.
"From what I can tell they're committed to excelling in football with the new building and the academics there are wonderful," Bachman said. "The coaching staff is great, it's only a two-hour drive. There are a lot of good things about Indiana that I saw and it was too hard to turn down."
In addition to the measurables that the IU staff saw in Bachman, there are also some intangibles that they coveted as well. Both Bachman and O'Conner are used to success from their days at the Ohio high school powerhouse program, and they think they can bring some of that to the Hoosier program when they arrive in campus next fall.
"They like our attitude, and they think we have a lot of fight and that we're battlers," Bachman said.
Cincinnati Duo Sticking Together at IU
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