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New Pal's Spegal going to IU

The state’s all time rushing and recently named Gatorade Player-of-the-Year for Indiana has decided on his future.

New Palestine High School senior Charlie Spegal made it official Sunday night, turning to Twitter to announce his decision.

“After a great home visit with Coach Hart I am very excited to say I’m committed to Indiana University. Thank you to coach @MHart2032 @CoachAllenIU @KalenDeBoer for the opportunity! #LEO #GOHoosiers #IUFB #Hoosiers,” tweeted Spegal, who is taking a preferred walk-on to join Indiana.

On Monday morning, he told Giant FM, he was looking forward to joining the Hoosiers and trying to earn a spot.

“It feels good to have the recruiting done and know where I am going now,” Spegal told Giant FM.

Spegal, who rushed for 10,867 yards and amassed 173 rushing touchdowns in his career, helped guide the Dragons to back-to-back perfect seasons and Class 5A state championships the last two years. He is the only player in IHSAA football history to rush for 3,000 yards in two seasons and will graduate as the state’s career holder in rushing yards (10,867), rushing touchdowns (173), total touchdowns (175) and points (1,054). Spegal, who drew attention also from Army, Tennessee and Indiana State, is ranked sixth nationally in all-time rushing yards and fourth in scoring.

As a Dragon, Spegal set eight school records in only two seasons in the backfield.

As for deciding on Indiana and Coach Tom Allen, Spegal told Giant FM, he has always been a fan of the Hoosiers.

“I think Coach Allen is building something special there. I’ve met a lot of the coaches, and they all seem honest with me,” Spegal said.

And, now he is ready to turn his attention to the next level and try to earn playing time on Saturdays in the fall.