Bloomington – IU Assistant Coach Billy Lynch had a message for Center Grove's Nick Stoner during the recruiting process.
"He told me ‘we're going to turn this around with or without you, but we'd love to do it with you,'" Stoner said.
As it turns out, Lynch and the Hoosiers will have the opportunity to complete that turnaround with Stoner in the mix. The 6'2" 165-pound Greenwood, Ind., standout verballed to the Hoosiers Wednesday night, shortly after wrapping up his team's stay in town for one of Indiana's team camps.
"I got done with team camp, and it just like home there," Stoner said. "I talked to my family and my coaches and decided it was the right place for me. I originally thought I'd wait through the summer and give all of the other schools a look, but it just felt like it was the right time.
"It's definitely a relief to have it done and know what I'm going to do."
Stoner's relief is mirrored by Indiana's excitement. Coupled with Thursday's verbal from Ft. Wayne's Kenny Mullen, Indiana has snared two of the nation's top 75 cornerbacks in a matter of two days. While Mullen is ranked 75th nationally at the position, Stoner has been tabbed as a three-star recruit and No. 72 nationally at the cornerback spot.
A standout track athlete as well, Stoner has run a :21.95 in the 200, a :10.84 in the 100, and ran a 4.42 in the 40 this spring one day after running multiple events in a high school track meet.
"I was able to talk with Coach (Joe) Palcic, and he likes my quickness and speed, and how I can sit on top of receivers and sit on routes," said Stoner, who had four interceptions as a junior despite missing two games with a concussion. "I know it's going to be up to me to work hard, but I feel like there could be a chance for me play early. I think there's going to be a lot of opportunities at Indiana."
Stoner is excited about the prospects of taking advantage of those opportunities, most likely after a redshirt season in Bloomington. He's also encouraged by what he's seen from the program, and believes big things are ahead for the program in the coming years.
"They're definitely on their way up," Stoner said. "They have great facilities, great guys on the team, great coaches, and the weight room is amazing. They're on their way up, and I plan on being a part of that."
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