Curt Cignetti already has one quarterback locked up in the 2024 class, but it appears he’s not done trying to amass arm talent from the high school ranks for next year’s roster.
On Monday Indiana got a commitment from former James Madison pledge Alberto Mendoza. But he hasn’t been the only 2024 signal caller being pursued by the new IU staff since they took over.
In-state 4-star quarterback Tyler Cherry (Greenwood, Ind., Center Grove H.S.) has reopened his recruitment after a coaching change at Duke.
Cherry visited IU on Friday before Mendoza committed, and according to Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep, IU will visit Cherry in home on Thursday.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is coming off a strong senior season. He was named Indiana Mr. Football at the quarterback position in 2023. He led Center Grove to the state semifinals in 2023 and a state title in 2022. During his first two years of high school, Cherry was a backup to current IU quarterback Tayven Jackson.
Over his two seasons at Center Grove, Cherry threw for 5,461 passing yards and 56 touchdown passes while completing 68.5 percent of his throws. According to the On3 Industry Average, Cherry is a 4-star prospect and the No. 15 overall quarterback in the senior class.
Duke and Michigan State appear to be Indiana’s main competition for Cherry.
Cherry was recruited by Tom Allen and his staff before committing to Duke in May.
Even if the Hoosiers were to land Cherry, they’d still have a very young and inexperienced group at the quarterback position. They’ve also been tied Ohio University veteran Kurtis Rourke as a potential short-term bridge as the younger talent develops.
Here’s a look at the current Indiana quarterback room as of Wednesday afternoon:
- Tayven Jackson – redshirt sophomore
- Broc Lowry – redshirt freshman
- Alberto Mendoza – freshman
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