Kevin Wilson and Co. probably would have liked to have picked up their first commitment a few months ago, but Isaac Griffith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) is the ideal first verbal for Indiana.
“I’m 100 percent committed to IU. I’m done with the recruiting process. It’s the best decision for me and my family,” said Griffith, who committed Monday after receiving an offer Sunday. “They really have my commitment, and now I’m going to start recruiting kids to come and jump on the train for IU. I’m harping on some in-state kids, possibly trying to switch a few guys in state committed elsewhere.”
Griffith planned to camp at Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern and Purdue this summer in hopes of landing his first Big Ten and BCS offer. He had several offers from MAC programs and another from Wyoming.
He camped at Indiana on Sunday, and Wilson pulled him into his office after the camp ended.
“Coach Wilson sat down with me and my dad and Coach [Seth] Littrell and Coach [Kevin] Johns and said, ‘We want guys on the team who are going to compete and work hard and win games and that’s why I’m offering. We think you’re that guy.’ ”
On the way home from Bloomington, Griffith contemplated committing and talked it over with his dad, Shannon, the coach at Manchester college and a former player and assistant at Ball State. He made it back home and talked it over with his mother, too, and then called the coaching staff this morning to let them know of his decision.
“The coaches really harp on wanting to win. The thing was they can’t make a mistake on some guys. That’s why they’re taking this so serious,” Griffith said. “They want to win games. They want to compete. That’s why I want to go there. I want to go to a team that’s going to compete and build something. I want to build something and be a part of something special, and I think IU will be special.”