Fryfogle follows Heard to Indiana

New Indiana receivers coach Grant Heard is already delivering for his new school.

The Hoosiers took a commitment on Tuesday from Mississippi wide-out Tyrese Fryfogle, who was previously a recruiting priority for Heard while he was on staff at Ole Miss. Heard left the Rebels to take a similar role as IU’s receivers coach and passing game coordinator earlier this month.

Fryfogle, a 6-foot-2, 203-pound prospect from Lucedale, Miss., is the 18th member of Indiana’s 2017 recruiting class. At the time of his commitment, Fryfogle was not ranked by the major scouting services.

In addition to IU and Ole Miss, Fryfogle also held an offer from Idaho. As a senior this past fall, Fryfogle made 89 catches for 1,430 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was a two-time Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team honoree.

Fryfogle picked up his Indiana offer on Jan. 6 — two days after Heard was officially announced as Indiana’s receivers coach.

Heard wants to build competition at the receiver position, which could turn out to hold the deepest pool of players on IU’s roster. Indiana returns 1,000-yard receiver Simmie Cobbs, along with Nick Westbrook, who finished five yards short of 1,000 in 2016.

J-Shun Harris, who is coming back from his second major knee surgery, and Isaac James fit in the slot, while Luke Timian, Donavan Hale and redshirt freshmen Taysir Mack and Jonah Morris are also expected to compete for playing time.

Should he acclimate quickly, Fryfogle could find a spot in the mix.

“The guys at Ole Miss, they knew my depth chart was etched in sand,” Heard said at his introductory press conference. “They knew every day they had to go out and compete and earn it. What my mindset was going in at Ole Miss is, I wanted a room where no one’s job was safe. You had to go earn it. Iron sharpens iron, so they knew they were competing against themselves every single day. My vision for this room is to come in and making it as competitive as possible. I don’t want anybody to come in comfortable, that this is my spot.

“I want them to know, this guy is behind me, and he can take my spot, and I’ve got to go out there and earn it in practice. I want practice to be the hardest thing they do all week, so when Saturdays come, it’s easy and it’s fun. The talent we have here, I know there’s talent here. I don’t know who’s where and who’s what. All that stuff will shake out in the spring. But they have to go out and earn it. The past is the past. We’re going forward. They’ve got to show me what they can do and earn it. If you work hard, the cream will rise to the top.”


  1. Chet, I hope you are right about a solid pickup, but a 0* (I know, he should be upgraded to a 2*) with offers from Idaho and Mississippi? This kid is definitely a project that Heard thinks he can develop. What worries me is that none of the small and mid-level southern schools shown on his “interest list” even offered him. He seems to have good size and 4.5 speed, but there is some reason this guy hasn’t already been rated by 247.

    Would have liked to see the Corrales kid from Texas commit, but he chose NC instead. We definitely could use another couple offensive skill position commits such as RB, WR, and of course QB. I think the 2* QB out of Florida might be underrated and a good pick-up if we can flip him from Charlotte. If DeBord and Allen can’t flip him, that’s bad news for their recruiting skills. Extremely dangerous for a program as thin at the QB position as IU not to get a commit at that position this year.

    1. Ranger, why is IU “thin” at QB? Lagow is now very experienced, has all of the tools except “extending the play” by his feet and legs. I expect his decision making yo vastly improve. Both King and Peyton have been on campus and in the program for 2 and 1 year respectively. Cameron has been around big time football his entire life. They either produce or find another line of work. None of those three has been given a real shot at playing. This spring each should get just that!

      1. BP, The big thing is this Spring & Fall Camps will produce stronger competition for the QB position precisely because of the names you mentioned above and they have a year more maturity. Something that was weak last year as RL would have had to have an injury to not be in the mix. There would have been more competition w/o RL than there was with him. It also went on at TE this past season especially after Fuchs went down. Depth at all positions is so important. Besides changing the culture and building a competitive play Wilson did a yoeman’s job at building depth but still being Indiana it needs continued progress.

  2. This commit appears to have the chops. He was simply a late bloomer in HS. No one ever paid any attention to him as an underclassman to take another look as a Senior. His Sr. videos show speed, quickness, hands, vertical and the most important ingredient ‘competitive want to’. He’ll have to learn to run college routes but he sure does go up high and hangs onto the pass. His playing minutes will have alot to do with the mental side of the game. I suspect he RS’s in 17. Just too many upperclassmen to get around. That WR room is going to have lots of goals, egos and noise in it. I’ll also bet this is the last WR for the class unless a highly rated 1 falls into their lap.

  3. There a unknowns attached to the vast majority of recruits. Suppose we learned that, besides crazy stats in a football crazed state, we learned that he has older brothers who all grew to be 6’6″ while in college? Who knows? That is the kind of information you have to dig a little deeper for and it’s not a sure thing.

    Until the Hoosiers put a couple winning seasons together these are the kind of recruits we hope will help IU turn the corner. We are not gonna steal any recruits from Alabama any time soon.

  4. I don’t know how many ‘stars’ Jordan Howard had next to his name but, as he was playing for UAB, there likely weren’t many.

    1. Speaking of Howard, IU has just offered a JH type RB from Ohio. Morgan Ellison 6’1″ 220+lb., 4.6-40 and a very fast 4.0 shuttle. That shuttle is near DB or Slot R kind of movement. Scored 29 TD’s as a HS Sr. Hoosiers are in good shape with him for now.

  5. The reason he isn’t rated is because he was considered a Bball player until his senior game and recruiting services ignored him. He has good speed along with his size, he high points the ball and takes it away from DBs, is competitive when the ball is coming his way and I was using HC’s description for him and HC is right about the kid. Our WR room is loaded with good talent and should keep them fresh with fast paced offense tiring out the defense.

    Hendershot has said he is ll in for IU and just wants to visit PSU. If Rafdal would talk to IU coaches he would change his mind and come to IU after seeing tapes of how they use TEs.

  6. BP, Lagow is a 22 year old man who was barely recruited out of HS or JC. He is not mobile at the Big 10 level at all, and has problems with his mechanics and decision making. If he remains our #1 option at QB, this coming season will be a long one, and I don’t mean playoffs. He does not give Allen and Debord the option of a running QB who can extend plays, and that is not going to change with his year of experience.

    Cameron wasn’t even the starter on his HS team in Baton Rouge, and was a no star with no other offers. Thinking he would be anything other than a backup to a backup makes no sense.

    Neither King nor Ramsey were highly recruited, but were at least low 3*’s. I had hoped King would push for playing time this year, but he apparently was 4th on the depth chart behind Lagow, Diamont, and Cameron. If he doesn’t get a shot at playing time this year, I doubt he will stick around.

    Ramsey may hold the best promise of all of our QB prospects. Sounds like he has the intangibles to be a good QB and was impressive on the scout team. He will be here for 5 years and could turn out to be a good QB. However, if we use the QB as a runner and to extend plays, we need a couple of capable back ups, which we have lacked for several years. Remember Nate going down and freshman Diamont at 160 #’s playing and then Covington playing as a freshman also?

    It is important to have at least one decent QB come in each year. We need to get Tronti to commit on his visit this next weekend. I think he is a true diamond in the rough. He appears to be very mobile and has a good arm. Arizona just offered him. He must of been a late bloomer as well, but if he was Mr Football in Florida, I think he has potential even if he is only a 2*.

    1. You mentioned Nate, who is in the NFL, and before him IU had “Big Ben”, who set all the records that Nate broke. Neither had any running moves either. Playing in the B1G is much different from JUCO! Lagow will improve. He will be pushed by King and Ramsey. I am not counting on Cameron at all!

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