Report: Tight end from New York commits to Indiana


Per Matt Weaver at Peegs.com, Jordan Fuchs, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end from Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. has committed to Indiana and will enroll in January. 

Fuchs had been committed to Rutgers but changed his mind after an official visit to IU this weekend, according to Weaver. He also had offers from Connecticut and Temple. Fuchs was a former basketball star at Christ The King High School in New York City before transferring to Milford.

UPDATE: Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick confirmed Fuchs’ commitment. Fuch’s caught 19 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown in one season at Milford. He also caught four passes for two-point conversions.

“He’s got great hands,” Chaplick said. “He’s not afraid to go up and get it and he can catch the football. He’s a guy we go to in the end zone. If he puts on more weight, he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. He can be a (Rob Gronkowski) type tight end.”

UPDATE: Per NJ.com, Rutgers had actually stopped recruiting Fuchs and his family was upset at the lack of communication, particularly as it related to coaches who had been fired. 

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19 comments:

  • Hoosier in Ohio says:

    Great to see a potential replacement for Bolser signed. I think the influx of players coming to campus in January will be a huge benefit in the long-run (strength, conditioning, knowledge of the system, etc). From other sources, he sounds like a good athlete and his measurables are solid (6’6, 230). Great get IU!

  • Podunker says:

    Usually a victim of other programs poaching players that have verbally committed to IU, its good to see that IU is recruiting aggressively and reversing the trend.

    Next year’s primary tight end will probably be the young man who transferred from Arizona. But this kid could get some playing time if he ads ten pounds muscle.

  • Aruss says:

    I’m not a fan of the SEC style recruiting especially from other B1G schools. Very low character trait on CKW’s part.

  • iuhoosier1992 says:

    Aruss, as they say in the football recruiting world, the recruiting process doesn’t really begin until a kid commits to a school. Probably, not the first recruit IU has gotten that committed somewhere else under any coach and won’t be the last.

  • Chrome Dome says:

    Aruss…it is no longer “SEC style.” Just call it recruiting, because that’s the way all of the big boys behave today. I don’t really care for it, but I can hardly criticize a coach for doing something that is standard practice.

  • MikeC says:

    Aruss, this is the way things are done in big time college football. All schools do this. If you expect IU to compete, this is what you have to do! We have lost verbal commits in years past this way. I certainly don’t condemn coach Wilson and his staff for this. They are simply trying to do all they can to make IU competitive! Coach Wilson, keep up the good work! Go Hoosiers!!

  • iufan23 says:

    Wishing Jordan all the best at IU…sounds like a great recruit. But, we need serious help on defense. We simply cannot repeat this past season’s performance. If for whatever reasons Mallory is retained, then at least he’s got to get some help.

  • Aruss says:

    Jeremy – correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t there a gentlemen’s agreement among B1G coaches not to go after each other’s commits? And didn’t Meyer get into with UW’s coach when he joined O$U about this?

  • PB says:

    @aruss – apparently the HC at Rutgers fired the assistants that were Fuch’s primary recruiters DURING his official visit and he only found out via twitter, which left him with a bad impression and made him continue the recruiting process.

  • Good call PB, I actually just found the same story and posted it above. It’s in the post now, Aruss.

  • Aruss says:

    Way to make me look bad, Dustin. You and PB just made the list.

  • Podunker says:

    The term verbal commitment, as it refers to recruiting athletes to college teams, is meaningless. It’s nonsense. All coaches know that their is no commitment until the ink is dry on the LOI, so I doubt their is any “gentlemen’s agreement” between coaches in the Big Ten, or any other conference. In order to compete in this hyper-competitive occupation, college coaches must understand that unless a behavior is forbidden by NCAA rules, it is allowed.

    Now, if a player has told a coach, ‘hey, please stop contacting me. I’ve made up my mind and I’m going to XYZ University,” then it would be inappropriate to continue to hound the kid.

  • MASSIVELYdepressedIUfootballFAN says:

    who cares? until Mallory is gone none of this matters. Although I have a feeling Wilson isn’t going to fire him. This team is cursed. BURN THE STADIUM DOWN and put in more parking for basketball games.

  • Ben says:

    Good pick up. Let’s fix the defense now.

  • Get Real says:

    Great thing about IU football fans. They can have their football and fantasy football teams all wrapped up in one.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    It is much more about Rutgers flubbing this recruits commitment than it is poaching by IU. If fact I’d say it was heads up recruiting by the IU staff since the player was disappointed in RU’s failed process.

  • Podunker says:

    HC, I agree with your assessment. Usually, the poachers are the strong teams. Strong teams poach players away from weak teams, and often with nothing more than a phone call from a notorious head coach. I remember years ago how unhappy Hep was when Florida poached one of his prized, five-star rated defensive backs out of Indy very late in the recruiting process. But having said that, I have no problem with IU poaching good players late in the recruiting process, regardless of the reason. If it becomes a trend, it will be a sign that IU football is getting stronger.

  • BeatPurdue says:

    Good job Coach Wilson and staff!

  • davis says:

    PO and HC are right on. Verbal, schmerbal and that goes for all serious transactions. That’s why important agreements are reduced to writing.

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