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Griffith is Hoosiers first in 2013

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In the immediate aftermath of his offer from Indiana on Sunday, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead wide receiver Isaac Griffith already was contemplating a commitment. After sleeping on it for a night, the three-star prospect decided to pull the trigger and become the Hoosier's first commitment in the 2013 class.
"I just got done giving my commitment to IU," Griffith said. "I feel at home with [Indiana], I like the coaches, the facilities are good and they made me feel like I am a part of the team already.
"I called Coach [Kevin] Johns and told him, 'I am fully committed to you guys and want to become a Hoosier.' He was ecstatic and put me on the phone with Coach [Kevin] Wilson and Coach Wilson was excited as well. They were really excited about me and really liked the fact that I did it so early."
The 6-foot, 185-pound Griffith discussed the Indiana offer with his father, a Division III head coach at Manchester College in Northern Indiana, and found support for his decision.
"We were just talking about it on the drive home and I said I just felt this was the right place for me," Griffith said. "He said, 'This is your decision and I want what's best for you and what feels like it is best for you.' My dad was behind me 100 percent on this."
Indiana was the last Big Ten team without a commitment in the 2013 class prior to Griffith's verbal. The three-star receiver not only leads off the class, but is looking forward to encouraging others to join him.
"Coach Wilson said 'I want guys on my team that want to compete and win championships,' He said he saw that out of me," Griffith said. "Right now, I am their No. 1 recruiter. I am going to recruit kids from Indiana who want to play for a championship team and want to win games."
Griffith had accumulated six scholarship offers prior to Indiana's, but the Hoosiers were the first BCS school to offer him an opportunity. The offer and subsequent commitment had yet to sink in, but Griffith was starting to feel the relief of his recruitment coming to an end.
"It is a great feeling and I am ready to continue my career in college and be a part of Hoosier nation," Griffith said.
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