Indiana offered Dutra in mid-August and after talking to his parents, he accepted just days later.
“I pretty much knew I was going to go there right away,” Dutra said. “I had been there so many times, I felt all ready like I was at home.”
Dutra became familiar with Indiana as the Brownsburg football team went to Bloomington for summer camps and the Hoosiers coaching staff saw what Dutra could do. There were also official visits where the 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete was able to spend more one-on-one time with the coaching staff and get a feel for the program.
The football team’s weight room was one of Dutra’s favorite aspects of Indiana’s facilities as it looks out on the Memorial Stadium field and glass windows span the entire north end zone.
“Seeing the weight room that they have, the tutors, the studying areas and everything they had was just really, really nice,” Dutra said. “The weight room I loved and that’s where you are going to spend the most of your four years in the weight room… It’s a really cool atmosphere.”
Dutra also credited IU’s appeal to the familiarity. He feels close with the coaches but also likes that his family can attend all of the games and Dutra’s friends will be just dormitories away.
But what really set Indiana over the edge was what Dutra feels is the rise of the Hoosiers.
“A lot of the players that are all ready there and in my recruiting class are buying in,” he said. “We feel like we are on the rise and we are going to be shocking a lot of people these next few years.”
Wilson went 1-11 in 2011, his first year on campus after dealing with disciplinary issues and multiple players leaving the team.