FORT WAYNE – One area football star's golden arm suddenly is a wounded wing. And one just landed a golden opportunity.
A day after he announced he would enroll at Ball State in the fall of 2014 to play baseball, standout Northrop quarterback/pitcher Colin Brockhouse got some not-so-good news: He has a tear in his right elbow – his throwing arm – that will necessitate Tommy John surgery.
Over at South Side, meanwhile, cornerback/wide receiver Donovan Clark announced via Twitter that he'd become the latest member of Indiana's 2014 football recruiting class.
"Ayyy IU here I come! #commit #btownbound #14," Clark tweeted.
Clark, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, is the seventh commit in IU's 2014 class. According to 247sports.com, a recruiting website, he's ranked 105th nationally and 13th statewide as a corner.
"(Indiana) was always No. 1, so it was an easy decision for me and my family," Clark said Tuesday night from Bloomington.
"It was always at the top of my list."
As for Brockhouse, he'll undergo the surgery July 16 in Cincinnati and will miss his senior football season at Northrop.
Tommy John surgery usually requires anywhere from six months to a year to rehab.
"Kind of a setback," Northrop football coach Tim Martone said.
"During the spring, (Northrop baseball coach) Matt Brumbaugh told me Colin had been experiencing a little tendinitis and was not quite right … We kept telling him he needed to get it checked out, and he got it checked out late last week. Then he went down to Cincinnati yesterday and they found damage."
Brockhouse will have the surgery immediately in hopes of being back in time for baseball season next spring.
He'll leave Northrop with 33 touchdown passes and 4,274 yards passing in two seasons – exactly 1,700 yards shy of the SAC career mark of 5,974 yards set by Bishop Luers' James Knapke in 2011.
"It's kind of disappointing," Martone said. "Colin is the kind of kid that loves record-breaking. He's that kind of competitive kid.
"But I know baseball is his first love. He wants to get it back. He wants to be ready to go (next spring)."