It's Official - Middleton IU Bound

Terry Hoeppner

A day after getting highly-touted in-state recruit Cody Faulkner, IU Coach Terry Hoeppner received official word from another one of the state's top recruits that he plans on playing his college football at IU.

A day after getting highly-touted in-state recruit Cody Faulkner, IU Coach Terry Hoeppner received official word from another one of the state's top recruits that he plans on playing his college football at IU.

Greg Middleton, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end from Pike H.S. in Indianapolis, made it official Tuesday when he let Hoeppner and the IU staff know that he would be signing with the Hoosiers. He is the tenth player to commit to IU for its 2006 recruiting class.

"I committed today," Middleton said Monday night. "It's nice to have it over with."

Middleton, who originally verballed to Purdue over the summer, backed out of his commitment to the Boilermakers a couple of weeks ago and re-opened his recruitment. The only other school that he gave serious consideration to, though, was Indiana.

Middleton spent the day in Bloomington, arriving at 11 a.m. and then staying through Tuesday night's practice. He spent time with not only the IU coaches and a handful of players, but also the IU strength and conditioning coach, Mark Wateska, as well as one of IU's academic advisors and a professor in the school of HPER.

Once he arrives next fall, he'll be lining up at defensive end, a spot that he also plays on his prep team.

"They want to use me as a defensive end – someone who can get after the quarterback," said Middleton. "A pass rusher, someone can get some sacks."

The Pike standout had originally planned to verbal to IU several weeks ago, but Hoeppner was out of town for a funeral, which forced him to re-schedule his trip to Bloomington. As it turns out, it was simply a formality, delaying a decision that Middleton had already made in his mind.

One thing that helped sell Middleton on the Hoosiers was how Indiana has started the season, getting off to a 3-1 start.

"No one wants to play for a losing team, and Indiana has had that over their heads for a while," said Middleton. "It's nice to see them starting to turn it around, and I'm excited to be a part of that."

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