IU Sees All-Big Ten Possibilities in Hoobler

Bloomington – Orrville (Ohio) linebacker Chase Hoobler committed to Indiana following this weekend's official visit, but that hasn't kept the phone call from ringing.

Bloomington – Orrville (Ohio) linebacker Chase Hoobler committed to Indiana following this weekend's official visit, but that hasn't kept the phone call from ringing.

Orrville H.S. Coach Doug Davault said he's fielded phone calls from seven schools today alone inquiring about the most recent addition to Indiana's 2010 recruiting class. West Virginia, Pitt, Illinois and Central Michigan is just a sampling of the programs that were checking in on the 6'3", 220-pound linebacker.

Despite those inquiries, Davault is confident that Hoobler's Indiana decision is final.

"I think it's a done deal," Davault said. "When I talked to him (Sunday) I asked him a couple of point blank things – if you're goin to make this call, are you going stick with it? And he said, ‘yes, this is where I want to be. I got on campus, it felt right, and this is where I want to be.'"

That's good news for Indiana. Hoobler was a do-everything player for an Orrville H.S. team that went 9-4 and lost in the Region 14 championship game. On defense he totaled 167 tackles, 22 tackles and six sacks, and on offense he caught 22 passes for 375 yards and five scores as a tight end.

"He's as good a player as we've had around here in a long, long time, on both sides of the ball," Davault said.

Indiana was one of 12 Division I programs that offered Hoobler a scholarship, but it wasn't until recently that Bill Lynch's staff thought it was going to be able to lure Hoobler to Bloomington. He originally verballed to Akron, but after the Zips fired Coach J.D. Brookhart at season's end, Hoobler re-opened his search.

That led to this weekend's official visit to Bloomington, and ultimately his commitment shortly after returning home from the stay.

"We talked about him making a couple more visits before committing, but he was obviously very comfortable when he went on the visit," Davault said. "We've talked about getting on campus and having it feel right in your gut, and he said the minute he walked out there, he knew this is what he wanted to do."

Linebacker is a position that Indiana is going to be looking to some new faces next fall. Matt Mayberry, Will Patterson and Justin Carrington are all graduating, creating an opportunity for a young player or two to make an impact.

While it's a big jump to go from high school to the Big Ten, Davault isn't ruling out the possibility that Hoobler could be a player that helps fill that void right away.

"From the get-go, they used phrases like All-Big Ten linebacker," Davault said. "They felt right off the bat he could play at a very high level for them right away. Now can he step in next year? Who knows. That depends on who they've got, but he'll certainly make an impact right away."


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