Alabama RB Tyus Flakes commits to Indiana #iufb

Tyus Flakes felt schools back away from him after he suffered an ACL injury last month. Indiana continued to pursue the Alabama running back, and Flakes rewarded the Hoosiers with a commitment on Sunday night.

The three-star running back became the third member of IU’s 2016 recruiting class after a weekend visit to Bloomington, announcing his college intentions through a Twitter message.

The 5-foot-9, 198-pound prospect said he was impressed by Indiana’s campus and football facilities, but nothing meant more to him than the dedication of running backs coach Deland McCullough and head coach Kevin Wilson in the wake of his injury.

“Coach was still like, ‘You’re my guy, you’re my top choice,'” Flakes said. “You can’t back away from that because I’m at an all-time low right now.”

Flakes suffered his ACL injury in early May and underwent surgery to repair his knee on May 15. At the wishes of IU’s coaching staff, Flakes won’t try to rush through the rehab process. He’ll sit out his senior year at Auburn High School in order to arrive at IU ready to compete next summer.

“(McCullough) made it clear that he didn’t want me to go back out there and risk more injury because there’s not even a point,” Flakes said. “He told me I showed everything I could do my sophomore and junior year. I’m committed now.”

Flakes rushed for 2,802 yards over his sophomore and junior seasons, scoring 10 touchdowns and averaging 139.1 yards over 10 games played last fall.

Flakes had offers from Appalachian State, Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State and Cincinnati, among others, according to Rivals and 247 Sports, but said his decision came down to Indiana and Georgia Southern.

“And I chose Indiana,” Flakes said. “They have the best facilities, if you ask me, in the country. The campus is beautiful, everything about it is really nice and I can tell they put a lot of money into it. It’s just really nice. The coaches made me feel like I was at home. Even the people in the community — just people around — everyone’s so friendly and welcoming. It makes it hard for me not to like it. There’s nothing bad I can say about it. Everything about it, I just loved.

Flakes joins Cincinnati recruits Peyton Ramsey, a quarterback, and defensive end Ryan Smith in Indiana’s 2016 class.

The Hoosiers are filling up at running back and won’t graduate anyone from the position after the 2015 season. UAB transfer Jordan Howard, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, will be in line to earn the starting job this summer. Sophomore Devine Redding will also push for playing time, as will redshirt freshman Tommy Mister. This year, IU is also bringing in versatile three-star prospect Devonte Williams, who profiles as more of a scat back at the next level.

Flakes said he views himself as a dynamic threat out of the backfield and believes he’ll fit in well with Wilson’s system.

“They said I’m an all-around (player),” Flakes said. “That’s what they were looking for. They run a lot of gap scheme, so they want someone who can hit the holes.”


  1. I love it. You can’t argue with this kid’s pre-injury production. At 5′ 9″ 198 as a high school junior is stout.
    ACL injuries are no longer the career killers they were 25 years ago. The window for returning to full sport activities continues to shrink. (Colin Hartman got back in 8 months). This young man will essentially have a year without the pressure to earn a scholarship, to really focus on recovering. Go Hoosiers!!!

  2. There can be no denying that the strength with our FB coaching staff is recruiting. The level of talent has increased dramatically year after year with comparatively few off the field character issues. I hope Mr. Flakes recovers swiftly from his injury and has a stellar career at IU!

  3. Positive expansion to the recruiting footprint. This staff of coaches has shown expertise using their energy when recruiting states IU has traditionally been afraid to mix it up with even the smaller colleges of the region. Keith is right that TF is a stout player using 4.5 speed and runs with power in the hole.

  4. Welcome to IU football Tyus….hopefully you have a great year of recovery and come back stronger than ever.

  5. Congrats, Tyus. It sucks that you can’t play football during your senior year in High School, but you now have the opportunity to focus your energy on recovering from your injury and preparing your body for success on a much bigger stage. Take this time to enhance your education and make the transition into college all the better. Good luck and welcome to IU.

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