- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Reggie Spearman (Chicago/Simeon) decommitted from Indiana last month, but the Hoosiers are still making a strong impression.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker committed to Indiana in March before decommitting three days later, but he did not cross the Hoosiers off his list. In fact, Spearman was in Bloomington for the first time this past week and watched a spring practice.
“It was great the level of intensity in practice,” Spearman said. “The coaches really want to win this year, that’s the goal. I feel if I go there I can compete for playing time and that would be great.”
The Hoosiers like Spearman at inside linebacker, and he talks with Hoosiers linebacker coach Mike Ekeler regularly. Depending on the situation, Spearman said the staff is telling him it will move him to outside linebacker and rush end. Much like he did at a combine in February, Spearman abused opposing offensive tackles at the Adidas Invitational with his speed rush.
Spearman would not call the Hoosiers his favorite, though, and will let the process play out.
“I really don’t have a problem with the school. I rushed into the decision,” he said. “It’s not just me, it’s my dad, my family, they got a part in this, too, and my dad wanted to see the school before I make a decision.”
Spearman made a visit to Illinois on Wednesday and had a great time hanging out with new coach Tim Beckman and the rest of the staff. An offer could be hard to come by as the Illini will only sign one linebacker after bringing in four in the 2012 class.
“Illinois is definitely one of my favorite schools because it’s my home state school, and I’ve been a fan growing up,” Spearman said. “I wouldn’t have a problem playing for coach Beckman.”
Purdue also received a visit from Spearman this past week. He was impressed with the hitting going on at the spring practice, and coach Danny Hope personally showed him around campus.
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