Lowell, Indiana, safety Jordan Jusevitch is no stranger to Bloomington, having visited Bloomington half a dozen times or so already, but his trip to campus last weekend was his first as a commit.
Head coach Tom Allen and safeties coach Noah Joseph welcomed in the three-star prospect into practice Sunday where he was able to take in the Hoosiers' scrimmage and then tour the facilities he's become accustomed to seeing.
There were no surprises on the visit, Jusevitch said, which was all according to plan.
"It went well," Jusevitch said. "I was able to see one of their practices and just see how Coach Allen runs not only the defensive side of the ball but the offensive side as well and see how everyone's progressing. They looked really good. They had high energy and fast tempo. It was a lot of fun to be around."
Jusevitch committed to Indiana on Jan. 21 saying that he wanted to remain in state and help the Hoosiers continue to build their program. As a junior, the projected husky collected 104 tackles, seven of which were for loss, seven pass breakups, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble for Lowell High School.
Allen and Joseph have been recruiting Jusevitch since his sophomore season and even managed to get him into a spring practice a year ago when former head coach Kevin Wilson was still in charge of the program. He was also a regular visitor in the fall but said being able to see NCAA talent up close is always impressive.
"I don't think you can ever expect seeing the differences," Jusevitch said. "It was a huge change from high school to college with the speed and tempo and just how big the players are. I can't wait to be able to be a part of it."
Indiana's coaching staff has remained in steady contact with Jusevitch since his commitment, which he said says quite a bit about how much he means to the program. It isn't uncommon for Jusevitch to receive texts from both Allen and Joseph on a daily basis.
"I get texts from Coach Allen and Coach Joseph all the time," Jusevitch said. "I could talk about anything with those guys. The relationship we're building is great."
Jusevitch, who also plays basketball and competes in track and field, said he's going to give up the latter this spring so he can focus on his training. He's been focused in on getting faster and more flexible so that he can make more plays on Fridays this fall and Saturdays at IU.
Off the field, he said he's been talking to a few of the other top recruits from the state to try and convince them to come to Indiana. There aren't too many kids being recruited by IU from Northwest Indiana, Jusevitch said, but he's been speaking with some of the top prospects from Indianapolis.
As for Jusevitch himself, he said he has looked at other schools and spoken to other coaches who have expressed interest to make sure he's exhausted all of his options. However, nothing has made him change his commitment status.
"Right now my heart is set on Indiana," Jusevitch said. "It's where I plan on going the next four years. You've got to keep an open mindset about everything and listen to other coaches, but right now Coach Allen is who I want to play for and IU is the place for me."
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