Family atmosphere a selling point for defensive recruit Allen Cater #iufb

All of the recruiting research done by Georgia defensive lineman Allen Cater gave him a good feeling that Indiana was the right fit.

He studied to find where Indiana is ranked in different majors, he liked what he found from the Kelley School of Business and felt comfortable with what he saw within IU’s football program. He liked the players he met and appreciated the close-knit locker room, too.

But it wasn’t until Cater and his family left home last weekend for a visit to Bloomington when he knew for sure that Indiana was the place for him.

“Going on that visit was pretty much my deciding point of how I felt being away from home,” Cater said. “It really did feel like a family.”

With that, Cater gave IU coach Kevin Wilson his verbal commitment for the Hoosiers’ 2016 class on Sunday afternoon. Cater, considered a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, expects to play defensive end at the next level.

The athletic 6-foot-5, 240-pound lineman is coming off a standout season at Mount Paran High in Kennesaw, Ga., and the Atlanta Journal Constitution tabbed him as the best defensive end at the local Elite Junior Classic all-star game in December. Rivals lists offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, UConn, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, among others.

But Cater said Indiana was at the top of the list, and his weekend visit sealed his plans. He hung out with redshirt freshmen defensive linemen Derrian Meminger and Mike Barwick and enjoyed a recruiting cookout at the facility on Saturday. There, he sat with current players while his parents got to know the coaching staff.

“They got a feel for (the family atmosphere) on their own,” Cater said.

Both defensive coordinator Brian Knorr and defensive line coach Larry McDaniel were both visible during his recruitment. While doing his research, Cater said he wanted to understand what it means to be a Hoosier.

Now that he’s been to campus, met the players and the staff, he has a good idea.

“Being a Hoosier means you gotta work,” Cater said. “You gotta be academically strong and you gotta be able to put in the work in the classroom. Then, after that, take that grind out of the classroom and into the athletic realm.”

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  1. Great to see this young man perform his due diligence and realize IU is great destination for a student-athlete willing to compete in the classroom and between the chalk lines. Welcome aboard Mr. Cater.
    Go Hoosiers!!!

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