Indiana’s 2017 recruiting class now features the state of Florida’s Mr. Football honoree.
Nick Tronti, a dual-threat quarterback from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., made a verbal commitment to IU on Tuesday night, giving the Hoosiers one of the missing pieces to their 22-man class.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback passed for 3,328 yards and 34 touchdowns, while rushing for 650 yards and 19 scores for Ponte Vedra High School’s Class 5A state runner-up squad. He was originally committed to Charlotte, but flipped his commitment on Tuesday. 247 Sports and Scout each consider him a two-star prospect.
“His performance this year is going to go down as one of the best in the history of the state,” Ponte Vedra quarterbacks coach Aaron Avery said. “That’s saying something. We’ve had some heavy hitters. In our county alone, it’s basically Tim Tebow and Nick Tronti. That’s good company to be with. He’s had such a phenomenal season and put up such ridiculous videogame numbers that people had to take notice.”
Tronti’s decision to flip comes after a visit to Bloomington last weekend. He began fielding interest from bigger programs after the high school season, which concluded with a 35-33 loss to powerhouse Plantation American Heritage. In that finale, Tronti passed for three scores and ran for two more. Tronti was scheduled to visit Arizona next weekend after landing a scholarship from the Wildcats, who offered last week.
Now, he’s a Hoosier.
Indiana’s offer came shortly after it announced former Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord was taking the same position at IU on Jan. 4.
“They jumped all over him,” Avery said.
For good reason, it seems.
Tronti passed for more than 7,000 yards in three seasons, while his 72 career touchdown throws are tied for second all-time in St. Johns County. Tebow owns the county record with 95 touchdown passes.
DeBord and new IU coach Tom Allen seem to value dual-threat quarterbacks in their proposed tempo-spread offense, and the Hoosiers have long been looking to add a prospect at the position during the current recruiting cycle.
“I think he’s a great fit for Indiana because of what they want to do offensively,” Avery said. “What the OC DeBord did at Tennessee, I think, fits his skill set. He’s a unique dual-threat guy in the sense that he can actually throw it. Dual threat is a term they throw around now for guys that can run and just kind of throw the football around. He’s a guy that can throw, and he just happens to be super athletic.”
Though Indiana’s class is ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten by 247 Sports, it fills several areas of need, including along the defensive line and at linebacker.
IU also wanted to add a quarterback in this class, and on Tuesday, it got its man.
The Hoosiers should be getting much more selective with who they add from here, with National Signing Day looming on Feb. 1. The class stands at 22, and Allen said recently on a video posted on the official athletics website that this year’s haul won’t get much bigger than as it currently stands.
“Probably going to be in the low 20s,” Allen said. “It won’t be a full group just based on our numbers. Every year that varies based on how many seniors and guys that leave the program.”