Connect with us


Indiana football earns commitment from in-state 4-star QB Tyler Cherry



Indiana football Tyler Cherry
In-state four-star quarterback Tyler Cherry announced his commitment to the Indiana football program on Tuesday night.

Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove four-star quarterback has settled on a school as he announced his commitment to Indiana football on Tuesday night.

Cherry chose Indiana football over Michigan State. The in-state quarterback had originally committed to Duke but re-opened his recruitment last week after head coach Mike Elko left for Texas A&M.

He took official visits and received in-home visits by both Indiana football and Michigan State last week.

Cherry is ranked No. 263 overall in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and the No. 17 quarterback. Cherry is also ranked as the No. 5 overall player in Indiana.

The 6-foot-5 205-pound quarterback came away impressed with the new Indiana staff following a trip to Bloomington last week.

“Got to meet with Coach Cignetti, Coach Tino and Coach Shanahan and talk to those guys and talk football and it was a different feel down in Bloomington than before,” Cherry said about the new Indiana football staff.

Cherry had offers from programs like Illinois, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Boston College and others.

“A pro-style passer with an ideal frame hovering around 6-foot-5, 205 pounds. Possesses significant long-term developmental upside due to his physical tools, highlighted by some of the best arm strength in the 2024 recruiting cycle. Utilizes his strong arm talent most effectively on third-level throws off of play action where he has the time to deliver passes on a rope or with touch over the top. Made positive strides as a senior in his second year as a starter in the intermediate passing game, becoming much more consistent with his timing and ball placement. Also improved as a senior in trusting his footwork to avoid unnecessary off-platform throws, but does have the arm talent to make throws from an unstable base when truly required,” 247Sports National Analyst Hudson Standish wrote. “Will need to move through his progressions quicker and become a more decisive passer in college. Does not consistently threaten the defense with his legs but is athletic enough to occasionally escape the pocket to pick up first downs on the ground or extend plays long enough to launch throws downfield. Likely will need some time before he’s ready to contribute at the Power Five level, but projects as a high-level game manager with serious NFL tools.”

Cherry threw for 3,156 yards with 34 touchdowns and six interceptions with a completion percentage of 71.5 as a senior this season.

As a junior, Cherry led the Trojans to a State Championship, while throwing for 2,629 yards with 22 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He completed 65.1 percent of his passes.

Cherry joins a 2024 class that has a commitment from three-star quarterback Alberto Mendoza — a former James Madison commit who followed the staff from JMU to Indiana.

SEE ALSO: ‘There will be no self-imposed limitations’: Curt Cignetti avoiding complacency and already changing the expectation around Indiana football

Make sure to follow Hoosier Illustrated, part of the Full Ride Network, on Twitter @Indiana_FRN, Facebook and YouTube to stay up to date on all of the news, updates and coverage of Indiana University athletics. You can also listen to the Talking’ Bout the Hoosiers podcast on Spotify.

Alec Lasley is the owner of Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Alec has covered Indiana for six years and is a credentialed media member. He has previously worked for both Rivals and 247Sports.