There's no shortage of ways to get Tandon Doss the football.
You might find the 6-3, 185-pounder from Indianapolis' Ben Davis H.S. lined up at wide receiver or in the slot or perhaps even in the offensive backfield. But whether it's tossed, handed off or thrown his way, good things seem to happen when he gets the ball in his hands.
"The best thing I can say about Tandon is as a receiver he goes and gets the ball, and when he's playing running back he's a playmaker who scores," said Ben Davis H.S. Coach Tom Allen. "He's pretty special."
Despite missing five games with a couple of broken ribs, Doss still put up solid numbers as a junior. He caught a team-high 29 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing 23 times for 241 yards (10.2 average) and another two scores. He was a big-play target for Ben Davis quarterback Marqueis Gray, another highly-coveted IU recruit.
"He probably would have doubled his numbers if he'd played all year," Allen said. "By then end of the year, I had people telling me they thought he could be the best player in Indianapolis this year, and if he has a great year, maybe even bigger than that."
Despite missing more than a third of the season the IU staff has been well aware of Doss' abilities, and they officially extended a scholarship offer during last weekend's Indiana Junior Day in Bloomington.
"I don't think he expected the offer," Allen said. "He had a great visit and really enjoyed it, the basketball game was great and the whole environment. He really liked the staff. He came back feeling pretty good, he had a hop in his step."
As is the case with Gary, the Indiana staff has been the first to show a great deal of interest in Doss early, but plenty of other programs figure to surface as possibilities as well. Allen said he suspects a couple of more programs will offer soon, but IU figures to be a very realistic possibility for the talented wideout.
"He is very interested (in Indiana)," Allen said.
Tandon Doss Lands IU Scholarship Offer
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