Written By: Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
During Coach Wilson's tenure at Indiana, he and his staff have had a considerable amount of success recruiting SEC country, especially the states of Florida and Georgia. However, for all the inroads they have made down south, they had yet to add a high school player from Alabama. Well this looks to change in the 2016 class, as Auburn, Alabama (Auburn High School) running back Tyus Flakes announced via Twitter this evening that he had committed to Indiana.
When asked why he chose Indiana, he told HoosierHuddle via direct message on Twitter, "The environment is great and the people are just so nice I couldn't turn it down. The campus is amazing and beautiful." He also said that he felt right at home in Bloomington and that the Hoosiers offense was a perfect fit for his skill set.
In his junior season Hudl highlights he demonstrates an ability to elude contact, however, he's certainly not adverse to taking defenders on if they meet him in the hole, generally pushing them back two or three yards before going down. In ten games he carried the ball 197 times for 1,391 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He's also a very capable pass catcher out of the backfield, making a couple of nice grabs on his highlight tape. In fact, during his junior season he had 13 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Flakes is a three-star prospect and is the 55th best running back in the nation and the 32nd best player in the state of Alabama according to 247's Composite Rankings. In addition to Indiana, he also had offers from Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Marshall, Mercer, North Texas, Samford, South Alabama, and Southern Mississippi.
Due to having surgery to repair his injured anterior cruciate ligament last month, Flakes is likely to miss his entire senior season.