Not only did Indiana keep one at home by securing a verbal commitment from Jacob Robinson on Friday, they also kept the 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end away from their conference rivals. Wisconsin and Northwestern were also high on his list of choices, but he couldn't deny that Bloomington was where he wanted to be.
"Indiana felt like home to me," he explained. "Every time I visited, it made my decision easier. I love what the coaching staff is doing and the energy they have about going in the right direction."
The location was important too, not just because it is a relatively easy drive from home, but also because he can carry the home-state pride with him onto the field.
"It means a lot to me. I love the fact that I can say I'm a home grown Hoosier and that my family and friends will now be able to watch me play without having to travel very far."
Under head coach Kevin Wilson, the Hoosiers have used an explosive offense to put up lots of points on the scoreboard. With defensive recruits like Robinson coming in and several new coaches, they are hoping to continue strengthening that side of the ball.
"I think with their new defense, they are heading in the right direction and are on their way to a championship."
That new defense will be a 3-4 scheme and the coaching staff sees Robinson, a high school, hand-down defensive end, as one of the outside linebackers in that system.
"They think as of right now, I can fit into the stand up backer that plays into the boundary like Nick Mangieri."
Robinson's commitment means he can focus on finishing out his baseball season, then enjoying his summer before playing his senior season of football. He can do all of that knowing what is on the horizon -- a future in Crimson.
"It's a dream come true that I've been thinking about for a very long time. I can't wait to play college football and I can't wait to be a Hoosier."