Darien (Ill.) Hinsdale South three star ranked outside linebacker/safety prospect Matt Mayberry (6-foot-2, 192 pounds) has announced his final college choice just minutes ago live on CLTV's Sports Page. Mayberry has given the Indiana Hoosiers and head coach Terry Hoeppner his verbal commitment this evening, and Mayberry talks about making his final college choice in this breaking recruiting story.
"I've decided to give Indiana my verbal commitment," Mayberry said. "It took me awhile to make this final decision. It was a tough decision at first because of the offers I received during the summer. I'm excited about giving my verbal commitment to the Hoosiers."
Mayberry told us why he decided on the Hoosiers.
"I gave my Top 4 schools a lot of consideration, but near the end it came down to either Indiana or Oklahoma State. I made an unofficial visit to Indiana about two weeks ago and after I left the campus I knew that Indiana was the choice for me. I just feel very comfortable with the coaches at Indiana and head coach Terry Hoeppner in particular. I'm also excited about everything that the Hoosiers have to offer, from a great education to the facilities and the campus. I'm also hoping that I'll be able to get to Indiana and that I'll get a chance to earn some early playing time."
"Indiana also recruited me the hardest no question. The coaches made me feel like I'm a top priority for them from the very start. From a position standpoint, the coaches at IU said that they will see where I'm at physically when I report to camp next fall. They are looking at me either as an outside linebacker or as a strong safety."
Mayberry admitted that this decision got much harder as the end of the summer approached. along with the increased scholarship offers.
"It really did get harder to make this decision as the offers started coming in. I had some great options and it took myself and my family awhile to sort everything out. My family is really excited about me choosing the Hoosiers, and they also really like Coach Hoeppner. I think they were hoping for Indiana early on, and now they will get a chance to see me play not too far away from home."
Mayberry saw his recruiting stock explode after attending a handful of combines this past spring, including the Nike Camp in Georgia.
"I was planning to attend some of the combines and camps anyways, but I thought that those events like the Nike Camp would give me a great chance to show everyone what I was capable of doing. I also think the college one-day camps when well for me this summer. I wouldn't have done anything differently when it comes to the camps and combines. I wanted to go out and show people what I could do, and those camps and combines definitely worked out for me."
Mayberry can now just focus on his upcoming senior season, which kicks off this Friday night when the Hornets host St. Charles East.
"I'm glad to have this process over with and I feel very relieved now that everyone knows my final decision. A lot of kids on the team and people at school have been asking me during the last few weeks. It feels good to have this done, and now all I need to do is go to school and play ball this season."