Citing a number of factors — everything from academics to the school’s facilities to the chance to play in the Big Ten — Gainesville senior Tyler Adetona switched his commitment from Troy to Indiana University on Monday.
The wide receiver’s decision came after an “eye-opening” official visit to the school’s campus in Bloomington, Ind. last weekend.
“I had an unbelievable time,” Adetona said of his trip, during which he had the opportunity to take in the Indiana-Kentucky basketball game. “The school was beautiful, they’ve got great facilities and the campus was big. I kid you not, they’ve got 40,000 students and that campus is probably bigger than the whole town of Gainesville.”
Adetona (6-2, 195) put up big numbers in the Red Elephants’ pass-happy, spread offense this season, totaling 75 catches, 1,169 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while helping Gainesville secure its seventh consecutive playoff berth.
He’ll get the chance to play in a similar offense for Hoosiers coach Bill Lynch. Indiana sophomore quarterback Kellen Lewis has passed for more than 2,800 yards this season for the Hoosiers (7-5), who will play Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 31.
“Just getting a chance to play with a quarterback like Kellen Lewis is going to be an honor,” Adetona said. “The way he can run, he puts stress on the defense and keeps the defensive backs on edge.
“Then, academically, IU is just a great place to get a degree from, and 50 percent of their football players have a 3.0 GPA or better and almost all of their players graduate. That was a big factor for me.”
Adetona added that he had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with current Indiana players during his visit and the camaraderie he experienced played a big role in his decision to switch his commitment.
“The biggest thing was probably the people and the town,” he said. “I got a chance to meet a lot of the players and they were all great guys. And the town is somewhere I can see myself living comfortably for the next four years.
“There’s just something about IU.”