Indiana received a Christmas gift from the recruiting world on Sunday.
Mo Burnam, a three-star inside linebacker, announced his verbal commitment to IU, giving the Hoosiers the 18th member of their 2017 class.
The former Tennessee chose IU over fellow finalists Louisville and West Virginia. He also possessed offers from Cincinnati, Florida State, North Carolina and Oregon, among others. He decommitted from Tennessee following an official visit to Bloomington on Dec. 9.
Burnam, a native of Conyers, Ga., is considered the No. 40 inside linebacker in the 2017 class.
“It was hard to narrow down double digit offers to just one school, but when it came down to it, I finally decided that the best place for me to grow as a man on and off the field for the next three or four years was at THE Indiana University,” Burnam wrote in a message posted to his Twitter account. “I really felt at home when I really got to know the players and the coaches. The environment is beautiful, the students are one of a kind and I just love everything about the Hoosier family.”
The 6-foot-2, 219-pound prospect is the 12th defensive member of IU’s class and the third linebacker, joining recent JUCO signee Mike McGinnis and Thomas Allen, the son of new coach Tom Allen.