One of the top quarterback targets for the Hoosiers is Arizona prospect Tyler Shough. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound signal-caller was in Bloomington this weekend getting a closer look at the IU football program. Peegs.com spoke with the three-star recruit about the visit and why he is so high on Indiana.
Shough said he has a strong bond with the Indiana coaching staff, and he is impressed with their plan for the program going forward.
“What stood out for me was the culture that they are building there,” Shough said about IU. “I have developed a really good relationship with the coaches. I am impressed with what they are trying to accomplish there and how I would fit in their program and what they like about me. I think it would be a great fit there. Even though it was a little rainy today it was still a good visit, and I got to see a lot of things in a short amount of time. It was a well put together visit.”
During his visit the talented prospect was able to spend time with Tom Allen and he came away impressed with the vision that the IU head coach has for the Hoosiers.
“I got to spend a good deal of time with him,” Shough said about Coach Allen. “He was with us on the tour, and then we sat in his office and we talked for a while. We talked about his philosophy and what mine is and what I’m looking for. We talked about his goal to break through this year and how they have been right there. I think they can do it and get that program to really where it can be.”
Shough has been communicating primarily with quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan, and he said the bond they have developed is very strong.
“It’s been fantastic,” he said about Coach Sheridan. “He is young enough to relate to my generation, but Coach (Mike) DeBord was saying that he coaches like he is his age. He’s got that experience and he seems wise and he loves the game. I just love his charisma and his aptitude for the game.”
The Hoosiers have told Shough that if he decides to play for them the opportunity to see the field early on will be available.
“They told me that I would have an opportunity to come in and compete and play early,” he said about the message from IU. “They said I am the type of QB they want, a tough hard-nosed kid that can help lead them to championships. They can see me doing that and they want me to and that is pretty encouraging.”
When it comes to his recruiting the Arizona native said that finding an offense that fits him as a QB will be big when he makes his decision.
“The first thing is an opportunity to play,” he said. “I am also looking for the offensive system that fits me, a pro-style passing system. Personally, I don’t want to go to a system that is just going to be a single read and you are just throwing the ball around the field. I want to challenge myself and find the coach that wants to make me better as a player, and also find the program that fits me the best.”
Shough said he believes the new offense that Indiana will be running under Mike DeBord is one that will be successful for the Hoosiers.
“Coach DeBord has his history of developing great offenses and great quarterbacks, especially this past season at Tennessee with Josh Dobbs,” he said. “I am excited to see what they do on the field this year, and I’ve come to know their offense a little better after just talking football with them.”
Academics will also be important to Shough, and after his visit to Indiana he knows he will get the kind of education that he is looking for.
“I want to major in business finance and law and Indiana has the whole academic presentation that they went through,” he said. “They talked about the support they provide and the Kelley School of Business and it was fantastic. From an academic standpoint they have everything I am looking for.”
Going from Arizona to Indiana can be a bit of a culture shock, but Shough said that Bloomington seems like the ideal college town.
“It is a smaller town but with the size of the college there are a lot of people there,” he said. “It isn’t too far from Indy so you can get to a bigger city if you want, but I think Bloomington is a great little town that is perfect for college. And with the people that live here they have a good fan base for basketball and football.”
Shough currently has offers from Indiana, Michigan, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon State, South Carolina, Washington State, Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State, Utah State, Western Kentucky, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Yale. He has narrowed his list down but it is not something that he has made public.
“I have definitely narrowed it down to a top five or right around that range,” Shough said. “I haven’t announced it publicly, it is just something that I have thought about and something that I have told the coaches. I have called coaches and told them personally, but it is not something I am posting on social media and making a big deal about it. Indiana is definitely up there for me.”
Shough admitted that the recruiting process is starting to wind down for him as he plans on making a decision at some point this summer. He said the IU staff has let him know that he is a priority recruit for them.
“They made it clear that they really like me,” he said. “I let them know that I won’t be waiting super long to decide. I know they are taking two QBs, which is no problem for me. My timetable is sometime this summer so I will be deciding pretty soon.”