Hudson OL Grayson Stover goes 'with the heart,' signs with Indiana
HUDSON — In the end, Grayson Stover went with his heart over his hometown.
After a brief verbal pledge to USF following an official visit in late January, the Hudson offensive lineman officially flipped his commitment to Indiana, signing his letter of intent on Wednesday morning.
"I thought USF was (my choice) right after the visit, so I kind of felt like that was what I wanted to do. But after thinking about it, I just went with the heart," said Stover, the first Hudson player to sign with a Big Ten Conference program.
"And Indiana was where it is."
At 6-foot-6, 309 pounds, Stover is projected to be a tackle for the Hoosiers, who are coming off a six-win campaign that ended with a loss to Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl. The three-star prospect hopes to contribute right away.
"I've been talking with them a lot," he said. "The left tackle spot is open right now, and they want to get me in as soon as possible."
Stover, who also fielded offers from Maryland, Rutgers and Vanderbilt among others, said he will never forget his experience at Hudson, where he helped anchor a line that took the Cobras from a three-win team as a freshman in 2012 to a playoff berth two years later.
Joined by former coach Mark Kantor — now at Wiregrass Ranch — along with his family, several teammates, coaches and administrators, it was clear Stover won't be forgotten by those he impacted at Hudson either.
"That means a lot," Stover said. " ... It's pretty cool to have that and make my mark and kind of leave a tradition behind."