Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)
Tyler Natee, FB, Euless, TX, Trinity High School, 247 Composite Ranking – 3-star
Texas is widely considered the top high school football state in the country. It’s not often that a player from the Lone Star State finds his way to Bloomington but RB/FB Tyler Natee, a 5’11”, 258-pound bruiser from Euless, Texas has chosen to be a Hoosier.
Natee played as a fullback, running back and quarterback during his high school career at Trinity High. He completed 33 passes for 382 yards and two touchdowns, ran for nearly 800 yards and a mind-boggling 8.6 yards per carry and caught six passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He helped lead his team to the state title game as a junior and guided them to a 10-1 record during his senior campaign.
Natee’s size is impressive and he immediately jumps off the screen when you see his film. He’s thick but displays surprisingly good balance. In addition, he’s quick to change directions and has a burst that isn’t expected.
247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong wrote that “high school coaches in the area rave about him. (Natee is a) good find for IU.”
Upon committing in December, Natee told Hoosier Huddle that he chose IU because of Coach Wilson’s track record with running backs, “from Tevin (Coleman) to Jordan (Howard) all the way back to OU (Oklahoma) with (Demarco) Murray and Trey Millard. I will fit as a bruising big back, expanding the offense to be able to do more and make more packages.”
Natee chose the Hoosiers over an offer from Arkansas State and interest from SMU and Baylor. IU hasn’t really had a player with Natee’s size and physical build that has played in the backfield during the Kevin Wilson era. If the coaching staff can bring him along as a blocker, I love the potential that can be unlocked by Wilson and running backs coach Deland McCullough.