When Matt Mayberry
arrived in Bloomington over the weekend for his official visit, IU Coach Terry Hoeppner wanted to find out just how solid his verbal commitment was to the Hoosiers.
Mayberry's message was clear – he is solid for IU.
"I told them I was solid, and as of right now I don't plan on taking any other visits," said Mayberry.
The 6-2, 205-pound Mayberry certainly has plenty of schools that would welcome him if he did in fact decide to take officials to other programs. In addition to the 10-12 schools that offered him scholarships over the summer, Penn State
is the most recent school to show interest, making an in-home visit to his Darien, Ill., home last Monday.
"They haven't offered me yet, but they said they were going to," said Mayberry.
It's easy to see why there is so much interest in the Hinsdale South H.S. standout. Mayberry was recently named to the Chicago Tribune's All-State team after running for 2,152 yards and 33 touchdowns, helping his team to a 10-2 record and a quarterfinal showing in the Class 7A playoffs.
In addition to his prowess on offense, he's also a gifted defender, and many have long suspected he'd wind up at either outside linebacker or safety at the collegiate level. The Indiana
coaching staff asked Mayberry about his preference on his official, but he said he's open to playing wherever the coaches think he'd fit in the best.
"I have more experience on the offensive side of the ball, and I told them that," said Mayberry. "They said their main concern is offensive linemen and outside linebackers and linebackers in general. It doesn't really matter to me – I'll play wherever. I'm a good outside linebacker and I'm also a good running back, so for me it doesn't really matter."
Mayberry's trip to Bloomington gave him a chance to not only meet with Hoeppner and his recruiting coach, Assistant Head Coach Bill Lynch, but to also take in IU's 79-63 basketball victory over Eastern Michigan
Saturday night, and to meet a handful of players currently on the IU roster.
That opportunity was important to Mayberry, and he said he was impressed with what the players had to say about the direction of the program.
"The players definitely think things are going to get turned around at IU," said Mayberry. "That's always a plus, even if things haven't been going good there, there are some teams that get down on things, and that's totally not the case there. They feel Coach Hoeppner is going to get things turned around there, and they trust him, and he trusts the kids. It's on a good road right now, and I really like that."
When Matt Mayberry arrived in Bloomington over the weekend for his official visit, IU Coach Terry Hoeppner wanted to find out just how solid his verbal commitment was to the Hoosiers.