Decommitting from Ball State was not an easy decision for J-Shun Harris, but the 5'8, 165-pound speedster from Fishers High had to do what he felt was best for him and committed to Indiana this week shortly after receiving a Hoosier offer.
"It's almost like I had to weigh the opportunities. Ball State is a great school, but IU brings a little bit more to the table honestly, and they had what I need."
What he needed was a combination of the academics, particularly for his business major, as well as the athletic programs.
"First and foremost, I have really great relationship with Coach Johns and Coach Wilson. I looked at the education background and having a business school like The Kelley School of Business, you can't pass up one of the top business schools in nation. On my visit, I met Kofi Hughes and Isaiah Roundtree and the way those guys bond as brothers put it over the top."
Harris' diminutive stature and explosive ability will remind Hoosier fans of Shane Wynn, and how the Hoosiers have used his talents was attractive to their newest commit.
"I watched lot of games and noticed how they always have a option bubble to Shane and his stats speak for themselves, number two wide receiver in the Big Ten and the number one passing offense in the Big Ten."
After being named wide receiver MVP at the NIKE Football Training Camp in Chicago, Harris was beginning to wonder if his talent would be recognized, but never lost faith that he can play with the best.
"I know I can compete. Camp in and camp out, I constantly had beaten out guys who had committed to schools like that and I kept wondering why I was left out short, but I definitely feel I can compete on that level."
When the Hoosiers finally afforded him that opportunity, it gave him a feeling like no other.
"It's honestly an honor. I've been waiting for it. Yesterday was one of the greatest days of my life. I feel like I can breathe now. It's a lot off my shoulders. This is definitely it. I had a gut feeling telling me I needed to be there. Every time I've followed my heart and gut, everything turned out right, so I don't see why this would be any different."