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IU football officially welcomes Auburn transfer Jaren Handy

As we reported last week, Indiana landed a commitment from Auburn transfer defensive end Jaren Handy.

As a recruit in the class of 2019, Handy was a 4-star and ranked the No. 100 overall player in the class and the No. 7 strong-side defensive end according to the 247Sports Composite. He chose Auburn over a long list of offers that included LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

The Indiana program officially announced the addition of Handy on Monday, signaling that he has signed and is now officially part of the team.  Handy will be immediately eligible with three years remaining.

The release from IU, including a quote from head coach Tom Allen, follows.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program announced on Monday afternoon that defensive lineman Jaren Handy has joined the Hoosiers as a transfer from Auburn University. Handy played in 14 games for the Tigers from 2019-20.

“Jaren brings a tremendous amount of talent to our team,” IU head coach Tom Allen said. “He’s a special young man who is a perfect fit with us and is excited for the opportunity to play with his cousin, Ty Fryfogle. Jaren will provide power and explosion on our defensive line.”

A 6-5, 255-pounder out of Hattiesburg, Miss., Handy totaled 10 tackles, three for loss, one sack, two quarterback hurries, and one pass breakup at Auburn.

He was a consensus four-star prospect and the No. 100 prospect nationally in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings. Handy recorded 14 TFLs as a senior for head coach Troy Vance at Hattiesburg High School and played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

The son of Leroy Handy and Tamara Fairley, Handy studied in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn.

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