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High School Football: St. Rita’s Mister decommits from Iowa State, headed to Indiana University

St. Rita’s Tommy Mister is switching his college choice from IowState Indiana.  |  File photo

St. Rita’s Tommy Mister is switching his college choice from Iowa State to Indiana. | File photo

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Updated: February 20, 2014 6:51AM



Tommy Mister isn’t one of those recruits who commits to one school but keeps looking around.

The St. Rita quarterback picked Iowa State last summer, deliberately getting it out of the way before his final prep season. And he had no intention of changing his mind — until things changed in Ames.

On Dec. 1, the Cyclones fired offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope. That left Mister, who expects to play running back in college, to do some soul-searching.

“I love Iowa State,” he said Saturday. “[But] once the coaching staff changed, it opened up some room for me. When I went to Indiana, it opened up my mind.”

The Hoosiers, who offered Mister a scholarship when he was a sophomore at Richards, now felt like a better fit. So that’s why he committed to Indiana on Saturday.

“Decommitting was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life so far,” Mister said. “It wasn’t about me just flipping. I just didn’t know who I’d be playing for [at Iowa State].”

On the other hand, he knows whom he’ll be playing alongside at IU: Oak Forest grad Tevin Coleman. The sophomore had a breakout season last fall, rushing for 958 yards (7.3 per carry) and 12 touchdowns in nine games before missing the final three with an ankle injury.

“Hands down, he’s one of the best backs in the Big Ten,” Mister said. “Just learning from him, being around him will boost my playing style a lot.”

Coleman helped sell Mister on Indiana, which the latter believes is a program on the rise. The Hoosiers went 5-7 in 2013, with just two losses by a total of nine points standing between them an a bowl appearance. Just as important, from Mister’s perspective, was IU’s offensive potential: the Hoosiers averaged 38.4 points and 508.5 yards a game, ranking second in the Big Ten in both categories.

“The record doesn’t speak to how good they really are,” Mister said. “They put up the points, it’s just [about] stopping people.”

Mister isn’t the only one in his family bullish about IU. “My parents fell in love with it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the 6-foot, 198-pounder ready to focus on running the football after a productive season as the quarterback for St. Rita’s Prep Bowl champs. He ran for 1,621 yards and 28 touchdowns and passed for 1,282 yards and 10 scores.

“Like I’ve been saying, I just want the ball in my hands and [to] make a play,” he said. “A lot of that stuff kind of prepared me for college.”

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu sees Mister making an impact for the Hoosiers.

“He was impressive his final high school season,” Trieu said. “He isn’t a track star, but he has good speed and his ability to make cuts and subtle changes in direction while going full speed ahead is what makes him a highly regarded prospect.

“He impressed us with his willingness to put his head down and run physically. He does not shy away from contact.”

Or from making a tough decision about his future.



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