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Concord's Spriggs commits to Indiana for football

DUNLAP - Jason Spriggs has never caught a pass during his Concord High School football career. But the 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior welcomes the chance to catch them at Indiana University, where he has verbally committed. But Spriggs will play offensive tackle, defensive end or wherever Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson wants him to play, beginning in 2012.


Posted on July 29, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 28, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.

DUNLAP - Jason Spriggs has never caught a pass during his Concord High School football career.

But the 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior welcomes the chance to catch them at Indiana University, where he has verbally committed.

But Spriggs will play offensive tackle, defensive end or wherever Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson wants him to play, beginning in 2012.

"I'd like to play tight end or defensive end," Spriggs said Thursday. "If I can gain 20 or 30 pounds and keep my speed and still be mobile, I can play tight end. If IU wants me to be a 320-pound kid (to play on the D-line) I will."

Indiana recruited Spriggs as an "athlete" and he is certainly athletic as his team-best 4.68 time in the 40-yard dash and 300-pound bench press in the recent Concord football "superstars" competition proves.

"He's definitely a D-I kid," Concord coach Tim Dawson said of his first Big Ten Conference recruit in his 23 seasons in Dunlap. "He's developed into a real good player."

Spriggs, who has received numerous all-state and All-Northern Lakes Conference accolades, started the past two seasons at left offensive tackle and last fall at defense end.

The player gives credit to others for his success.

"Ninety percent of it is our coaching and my teammates pushing me real hard to make me who I am," Spriggs said. "They really made me."

Spriggs committed to IU for football after narrowing his choices. He also considered Bowling Green and Northern Illinois.

"IU's academics really took over," Spriggs said. He is considering a major in kinesiology and medical science with his eyes on a chiropractic career. "You can't beat their standards. They had the best of what I've been looking for."

Spriggs is also excited about the chance to be a part of a football turnaround in Bloomington.

"IU is going to come back strong soon with coach Wilson and his staff," Spriggs said.

Spriggs joins a recruiting class which includes highly-touted quarterback Gunner Kiel of Columbus East. The 6-4 senior chose Indiana over Alabama, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Kiel is the nephew of former Notre Dame and NFL quarterback Blair Kiel and his quarterback-playing brothers - IU redshirt sophomore Dusty and Illinois State's Drew. Father Kip played quarterback at Butler in the 1980s.



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