Brownsburg’s Chase Dutra committed to Indiana on Monday. Now the challenge for the Hoosiers is to figure out where to play him.
Dutra gives them all kinds of options. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder plays four positions — wing, fullback, tailback and quarterback — in Brownsburg’s flexbone offense. He also plays safety, but the Hoosiers apparently believe that if he puts weight on, he can play wide receiver as well.
“Honestly, they just told me they were recruiting me as a straight-up athlete,” Dutra said. “They told me Coach (Kevin) Johns would like to see me at wide receiver. Coach (Doug) Mallory wants to use me at safety, and Coach (Mike) Ekeler said ‘I want him to put on a couple of pounds and play nickel.’ And they told me I’d be on a lot of special teams, too. … I don’t have a preference as long as I get a fair shot to get on the field. I just want to be a big contributor to the team. It doesn’t have to be in specific situations. I like to make big plays on offense and I like to stick people on defense. I don’t have a preference for which I play.”
Last season, according to the school’s website, Dutra rushed for 613 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 67 carries while catching 16 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score.
Dutra chose Indiana over offers from Western Michigan and Indiana State, but there were a number of BCS-level programs that were waiting to see one more year of game video. That included Cincinnati, Iowa and Purdue.
“Indiana was a school I always liked from the start,” Dutra said. “I was down there a lot for junior day and team camp. I got to talk in depth with the coaches, and after the team camp I’ve been down to practice, and I got to be around the guys a lot. … When I finally got the offer, I didn’t have to go out and check anymore. I knew where I wanted to go.”
Dutra is a three-star recruit and the No. 9 player in the state according to Rivals.com. He is the eighth commitment for the Class of 2013.