Tom Allen and Mike DeBord have mentioned a desire to have a dual-threat quarterback at the helm of Indiana’s offense. They’ve added one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Florida high school history as an option.
Nick Tronti, Florida’s 2016 Mr. Football, flipped his commitment from Charlotte to Indiana this evening -- ahead of a scheduled visit to Arizona this coming weekend.
Hoosier nation I'm coming!! #breakthrough #hoosierdaddy @NoJoFootball pic.twitter.com/BGn5aclbUc— Nick Tronti (@nickyt616) January 25, 2017
The 6-2 Tronti led Ponte Vedra High School to the Florida 5A State Championship game this past fall, totaling eye-popping numbers of 4,000 yards and 53 touchdowns during his senior campaign — with 3,330 of those yards coming through the air. Despite all that, Tronti only registered two stars with most recruiting services and didn’t register his first Power 5 offers (Indiana & Arizona) until after his senior season.
Here’s from a StAugustine.com article on his Mr. Football award:
Six months ago, Thursday’s ceremony would have been unfathomable. Troni was uncannily accurate, but he was only a known commodity by opponents, and football followers in Northeast Florida and a handful of recruiters.
Lighting up nationally ranked Plantation American Heritage with a secondary chock-full of future collegians to the tune of 271 passing yards, five total touchdowns and no turnovers in the Class 5A state championship game will quickly elicit attention.
Coincidentally, Wednesday was the last day of a college football recruiting dead period, so a pair of schools took the opportunity to see and be seen during Tronti’s awards ceremony. The presence of coaches from UNC Charlotte, to whom Tronti has been committed to since the summer, as well as Indiana University was as apparent as the quarterback’s arm strength when throwing a flag route to receiver, and longtime friend, Marshall Few on Friday nights.
If that’s not enough to get you excited, well, here’s this clip.
Ponte Vedra takes the 14-7 lead over Clay with this TD run by @nickyt616 #ASJax pic.twitter.com/kA9zSXkiXp— Drew Copley (@DrewASJax) December 3, 2016
Here’s the full highlights from Tronti’s senior season. Ignore the stars. Indiana got one.