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Indiana beats out heavyweights for linebacker prospect

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 10:48 am
Indiana is in California getting ready for Wednesday night’s Foster Farms Bowl showdown with Utah, but the future is never far away. Yes, that means recruiting.

The Hoosiers got a big commitnent, beating out heavy weights such as Louisville, Florida State, Oregon and North Carolina.

His name is Mo Burnam, a three-star linebacker out of Georgia. He was once committed to Tennessee, then changed his mind, as so many high school football players do these days, and came up with three finalists – IU, Louisville and West Virginia.

In fact, he backed off of Tennessee after making an official visit to Indiana on Dec. 9. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 40 inside linebacker for the Class of 2017.

Why did he do it? In a message posted on his twitter account, Burnam said, “It was hard to narrow down double-digit offers to just one school, but when it came down to it, I finally decided that the best place for me to grow as a man on and off the field for the next three to four years was at THE Indiana University.

“I really felt at home when I really got to know the players and the coaches. The environment is beautiful, the students are one of a kind and I just love everything about the Hoosier family.”

Burnam is 6-2 and 219 pounds, which means he’ll be a good candidate for the Hoosiers strength program. He gives IU 18 commits for the class, with 12 of them on defense, and three being linebackers.

Coach Tom Allen recently got another linebacker commitment, Mike McGinnis, from the junior college ranks.

There are no four- or five-star prospects in this class, but 15 are three-star recruits. Scout.com ranks this class No. 51 nationally, and No. 12 in the Big Ten, but that can change dramatically before the early February signing date.

In other words, the Hoosiers aren't done recruiting for this class.



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