For as long as he can remember, Bishop Dwenger senior Ryan Watercutter has been going to Indiana University for football games, a place where his father Dave played nose guard in the mid-1980s.
Next season, the two-way player will be following in his dad's footsteps wearing the Cream and Crimson.
Watercutter committed to Coach Kevin Wilson and the Hoosiers on Monday, accepting an invited walk-on spot with the program.
“I went down for the spring game on Saturday and it felt like home,” Watercutter said. “I have been down to several games and around the program all my life. I feel so close to the school.”
The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Watercutter helped Bishop Dwenger to the Class 4A State Championship Game last fall on both sides of the ball.
As tight end, Watercutter was a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, finishing the season with 70 receptions for 1,191 yards and nine touchdowns.
At safety, Watercutter accounted for 92 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions on the season.
Watercutter has been told that he is being brought in as a defensive athlete. Originally, the Hoosiers were projecting him on offense, but when offensive coordinator Seth Littrell took the same job with North Carolina, Indiana began to look at the Bishop Dwenger senior for the other side of the ball.
“They think after a couple more years of getting bigger, faster and more developed, in their 3-4 defense I could fit in at outside linebacker or strong safety,” Watercutter said.
Watercutter has put on about 10 pounds since the end of football season and is now at 208 pounds. He did not play his senior season of basketball for the Saints in order to focus on getting better on the gridiron.
“I felt a little behind (developmentally) and had to catch up,” Watercutter said.
The senior chose the Hoosiers over a walk-on spot with Miami (OH) and several offers from FCS schools.