Underdog Mentality

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jul 22, 2008


"I really like Iowa," Dolapo Macarthy said. "I just like that place. It's like an underdog in the Big Ten, but they have some really good players. I've been to their practice and they have some very big and fast guys." Now tied for first with the Hawkeyes is Indiana. "That was my first junior day I ever attended. And I was real nervous, but they just made me feel very comfortable..."

Dolapo Macarthy, the 6-foot-6, 200-pound three-star quarterback from Merrillville, Ind., had a very busy month of June, attending camps at Ohio State, Illinois and Purdue. On July 12, Macarthy also attended the Michigan State camp.

Despite attending their camps, however, Macarthy doesn't have a scholarship offer from any of the aforementioned programs. Scout.com's No. 55 signal caller does, however, have offers from Iowa, Indiana, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Macarthy now favors Iowa and Indiana solidly over Illinois, Central Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue.

"I really like Iowa," Macarthy said. "I just like that place. It's like an underdog in the Big Ten, but they have some really good players. I've been to their practice and they have some very big and fast guys.

"It's also a really friendly place," he said. "There's not much else around, so everyone loves Iowa football."

Now tied for first with the Hawkeyes is Indiana. "That was my first junior day I ever attended," Macarthy said. "And I was real nervous, but they just made me feel very comfortable and wanted.

"I know the coaches pretty well and I feel very comfortable and confident with them," he said. "They always tell me that I'm their guy and they really keep in touch a lot."

He says that the Hoosiers are recruiting him the hardest.

Although Iowa and Indiana are Macarthy's top two, he admits that if Illinois were to offer they'd be up there as well. "I really like Illinois," he said. "They are pretty close to home and I know a few guys on the team already.

"It's a nice place and the quarterback coach (Mike Locksley) is one of the nicest guys I've ever met," he said. "He really took me under his wing at the camp and said that if it was up to him he'd offer me right then. They told me they need to see my first two games this season before offering. If they do offer, they'll be right up there with Iowa and Indiana."

Another June camp that Macarthy attended was at Michigan State. "It was a nice place," he said. "The people there are great and the camp was a lot of fun. We got to do a lot and even got some one-on-one time.

"I really liked the coaches and it's definitely a place I could see myself playing at," Macarthy said. "But they haven't really talked about offering me and they already have a quarterback from in-state committed there, so we'll see what happens."

On July 27, Macarthy will be heading back to the state of Michigan to visit Central Michigan. "I'm really interested to see how I like it there," he said. "I've heard it's a great place and I like their offense a lot."

"I'm looking to feel comfortable and fit in," he said. "Who you are around is very important. I'd also like to play and not have to worry about being behind other guys."

Macarthy says he'd like to major in business management or go pre-law. He reports a 2.5 core GPA, but says he's still waiting on the results from his June ACT.



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