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Receiver picks Indiana over Mississippi

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 09:43 am
BLOOMINGTON – Indiana football recruiting hasn’t forgotten offense. Yes, there’s been a big defensive emphasis for the Class of 2017, but the Hoosiers got a potential receiving boost from the commitment of Mississippi’s Tyrese Fryfogle.

He comes in the wake of IU’s recent hiring of receivers coach Grant Heard, who previously was at Mississippi.

The good news – Fryfogle has impressive size at 6-2, 203 pounds with big play ability. As a high school senior out of Lucedale, he totaled 89 catches for 1,430 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The concerning news – he wasn’t rated by any of the major recruiting services. He doesn’t have any stars listed to his name. Every other Hoosier commitment has at least two (out of a five-star scale).

Still, Fryfogle was good enough for Heard to want to bring him to Mississippi, and now IU. Fryfogler also had an offer from Idaho.

Fryfogle is the Hoosiers’ 18th commitment for this class, and the sixth on offense. He’s the only receiver. The other offensive commitments are two at tight end and three on the line.

Indiana should be strong at receiver. Simmie Cobbs was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2015 before missing this past season with an ankle injury. Nick Westbrook is back after totaling 54 catches and 995 yards this past season.

Also back are Luke Timian (19 catches, 277 yards) and Donvan Hale (13 for 210).

A big boost would be the successful return of J-Shun Harris, who has missed the past two seasons because of knee injuries.

IU has two significant receiving losses in Ricky Jones (53 catches, 878 yards, three TDs) and Mitchell Paige (646, 58, four). Both will likely get shots with NFL teams next season, either via the draft or free agency.


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