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National Signing Day 2017: 3-star WR Ty Fryfogle spurns Ole Miss ties for Indiana

Grant Heard stole his former teammate’s son from his alma mater — and Indiana might have found a south Mississippi secret & the big framed outside target.

Indiana’s new coaching staff’s ties to Mississippi are already paying dividends. Tyrese Fryfogle is officially an Indiana Hoosier, signing his letter of intent to come to Bloomington.


Fryfogle’s offer portfolio is odd. A high-major SEC program in Ole Miss. Indiana. And the soon-to-be-departed-from-FBS Idaho. What?

He surged from completely unevaluated to a 3-star & 84 rating on 247Sports in the last revision of the ratings. A huge senior season might indicate the 6-2, 206-pound target slipped through the cracks of the recruiting services a bit.


A big outside frame with big-time target potential, Fryfogle was lightly-recruited by schools not named Ole Miss -- and that might have been because him heading to his father’s school with Grant Heard’s ties seemed all but a formality. Then Heard left for Bloomington.

From our piece on his commitment:

After an weekend visit to Bloomington and an in-home visit from Tom Allen, Mike DeBord, and Grant Heard tonight, Mississippi wideout Tyrese Fryfogle committed to Indiana over his father’s Ole Miss. The under-the-radar, late-blooming prospect from George County High School only held three scholarship offers from an odd combination of schools — Ole Miss, Indiana, and Idaho — but other SEC schools like Mississippi State and South Carolina were showing interest.

Despite the lack of recruiting service hype, it’s a big pickup for the Hoosiers to beat out a top SEC program that seemingly had every in to pickup Freyfogle. The Rebels had been the leader in his recruitment for some time, and the decision was reportedly neck and neck as early as this morning with the 6-2 target slated to visit Oxford this weekend. Tyrese’s father, Trey Freyfogle, played wideout at Ole Miss from 2000-2002.

"I've been having a good feeling all day (Indiana) was the place for me," he told the Biloxi Sun-Herald. "I talked to my family before they came. They came and sat down with my family and grandmother. They talked to everybody. I finally put it out there, told them. I couldn't hold it in much longer.”