Ponte Vedra High School quarterback Nick Tronti has switched his commitment from University of North Carolina-Charlotte to University of Indiana after recently taking a visit to the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Indiana.
“I really liked everything about it,” said Tronti, who announced his decision via Twitter Jan. 24. “I liked the coaches, facilities, the people and just the feel. The feel is really what gets you when you go there.”
As the recipient of the 2016 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Football award, Tronti was recognized as the state’s top high school football player. The quarterback led Ponte Vedra on a magical playoff run that ended in a heartbreaking 35-33 loss to American Heritage High School in Ponte Vedra’s first ever-state championship appearance. He passed for 3,333 yards and 34 touchdowns and rushed for 662 yards and 19 touchdowns throughout the season, which ultimately resulted in him being crowned Mr. Football in December by a statewide panel of high school football coaches and media representatives.
Tronti said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to help revitalize Indiana’s football program, which hasn’t had a winning season since 2007. He helped to place Ponte Vedra on the map, and he said a similar challenge awaits him as a Hoosier. Tronti will play for Tom Allen, who replaces Kevin Wilson as head coach of the Hoosiers after Wilson resigned in December. Allen was the defensive coordinator at Indiana in 2016 and previously the defensive coordinator at University of South Florida in 2015.
Tronti said he’s also excited to play against the stout competition of the Big Ten and experience some of the more historic and prominent stadium atmospheres in college football at universities like Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
“It’s going to be an unbelievable experience that I know I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” he said. “But I don’t want to go in there just to play. I want to go in there to win.”
Ponte Vedra head coach Matt Toblin said the opportunity at Indiana was one his three-year starting quarterback couldn’t pass up.
“We’re excited about Indiana, and we’re excited about the opportunities he’s going to have,” said Toblin. “It will be awesome to watch him.”
Tronti reiterated his coach’s comments and said it was tough to inform UNC-Charlotte of his decision. But committing to Indiana, he said, is what’s best for him moving forward. The Ponte Vedra quarterback made his decision official Feb. 1 on National Signing Day.“I am 100 percent Hoosier,” he said.