Problem solved — for one recruiting cycle at least.
Well, it is if you believe in the power of Florida high school football and the glory that comes from Mr. Football honors.
Quarterback Nick Tronti flipped a commitment from Charlotte to IU, making it official on Tuesday with this tweet – “Hoosier Nation, I’m coming.”
Tronti decided to drop Charlotte and join the Hoosiers after making a visit to Bloomington this past weekend.
He won Florida Mr. Football honors for Ponte Vedra High School after a huge junior season in which he threw for 3,328 yards and 34 touchdowns. At 6-2 and 205 pounds, he also rushed for 650 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Yes, that dual-threat ability is huge for IU coach Tom Allen, new offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and new quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson. The Hoosiers will run a spread attack that will feature plenty of running, and that includes the quarterback.
IU now has 22 commitments for the Class of 2017.
A cynic could wonder, if Tronti was so good, why he didn’t have scholarship offers from Florida powers such as Miami of Florida, Florida State and Florida.
An optimist could say, who cares?
Tronti, a two-star prospect by Scout.com, did have offers from Arizona, Toledo, Connecticut, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Hawaii, Miami of Ohio, Western Kentucky and a bunch more from the mid-major level.
Meanwhile, the Hoosiers could be dealing with a big loss on the coaching staff. Greg Frey, regarded as one of the top offensive line coaches in the country and a 2015 candidate for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach, has reportedly interviewed at Michigan. The Wolverines just made news by becoming the first school to pay three assistant coaches more than $1 million a year.
In other words, they have the resources to woo Frey away that the Hoosiers are unlikely to be able to match.
Frey coached a pair of All-America offensive linemen at IU, Jason Spriggs and Dan Feeney.