Bloomington – There aren't a whole lot of unknowns with Indiana football's first Class of 2011 commit.
Centerville (Ohio) outside linebacker Mike Replogle, the younger brother of current Hoosier starters Tyler and Adam Replogle, became the first player to pledge to IU for the '11 class. A 6'2", 210-pounder, Replogle helped Centerville to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Ohio High School state play-offs as a junior, leading then in tackles (75) while also totaling five tackles for loss, one interception and two fumble recoveries in his first year as a starter.
While the Indiana staff was sold on Replogle's abilities on the football field after watching him on film, the impact that his two older brothers have made on the IU program also factored into their decision to be the first school to offer Mike.
"As much as anything, they know what they're getting with Mike," Centerville H.S. Coach Ron Ullery said. "When you've had two older brothers who have lived up to what we all thought they'd turn out to be, you love having that type of kid on your team.
"There isn't a whole of unknowns there. All of the things that you might have questions about as far as what type of kid they are off the field, in this case they know exactly what they're getting."
What Indiana is a getting is a highly-productive, high-energy defensive player like his two older brothers. While Tyler might have been a little more athletic than Mike at this stage in their high school careers, Mike has a little more height than his oldest brother and the same type of approach to the game.
"Mike brings the same thing to the table as his brothers – he's going to do it the right way, he plays hard all the time, and he'll run through a brick wall for you," Ullery said. "That's just the way they've been brought up. He plays extremely hard."
That approach to the game also leads Ullery to believe that there won't be any untapped potential with any of the Replogles.
"Whatever he's capable of, you're going to find that out because they won't leave any stone unturned when it comes to working hard to get better," Ullery said.
While Indiana was the first school to officially offer, Ullery said most of the MAC schools had been through the high school and expressed interest. But once the Indiana scholarship offer came, there wasn't much of a chance that Replogle was going to wind up anywhere other than Bloomington.
"I think if the opportunity (to go to Indiana) came up, that's what he was going to do because that's where he wanted to go," Ullery said. "Anytime you get a chance to play with an older brother, that's something you take pretty seriously."
Indiana offered him that chance about a week ago, and the decision came shortly thereafter.
"After (Indiana) offered he told me he wanted to think about it, but I think he said that because he thought that's what he was supposed to say," Ullery said. "Indiana is where he's wanted to go."
Few Unknowns With IU's First '11 Commit
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