FORT WAYNE — Bishop Dwenger senior Ryan Watercutter is headed to the Indiana football program.
Watercutter will be a preferred walk-on for the Hoosiers and chose that over scholarship offers from Miami (Ohio) and FCS and FBS schools.
“I was just always around the school my whole life and as a kid I always imagined myself going and playing at IU,” Watercutter said in a text message Tuesday. “I also felt like I was under-recruited, and I want to play with some high competition. It simply felt right.”
Watercutter had visited IU several times this year and was at Saturday’s spring game. “It felt like I was at home, and I like where the program is heading under Coach (Kevin) Wilson,” Watercutter wrote. “Also, the university offers a great education as well.”
The question now is where will he play for the Hoosiers after playing receiver, tight end and defensive back for Dwenger. Ryan’s father, Dave Watercutter, said his son will play wherever IU’s needs are, whether it be at strong safety or outside linebacker on defense or a hybrid tight end/receiver or H-back.
Dave Watercutter, an Indiana graduate, said his son, an all-state player, will join the Hoosiers in June.
Ryan Watercutter caught 70 passes for 1,150 yards and nine touchdowns as a tight end and had seven interceptions at defensive back for the Class 4A state runner-up Saints. He was All-SAC as a tight end in 2013 and a defensive back in 2012.
Departing Homestead boys and girls swim coach Chad Englehart said his career path will take a turn south.
He said in a phone interview Tuesday that he has a couple of opportunities in the southern part of the country but hasn’t decided which job to accept.
“We are looking at college and big club (coaching positions) and looking to relocate down south,” Englehart said. “I am tired of shoveling snow. It was a family decision, and we are headed for warmer pastures.”
Englehart coached 13 state champions, 23 top-10 state team finishes and more than 120 national All-Americans in 17 years at Homestead. His teams won 27 sectional championships and had a dual-meet record of 233-33-1.
Englehart, whose resignation was announced Monday, will be inducted into the Indiana High School Swimming Hall of Fame in 2015.
Bishop Luers’ Megan Lee will sign Thursday with the Briar Cliff volleyball program in Sioux City, Iowa. Lee was a 2013 All-SAC first-team selection. … Heritage’s Lauren Hoffman will sign Thursday with IPFW to play volleyball. Hoffman had 227 kills, a kill percentage of .465, 33 aces and 83 blocks last season.