IU football earns commitments from receiver Jordyn Williams, punter James Evans


IU football head coach Tom Allen leads players onto the field Aug. 31, 2019, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Two new players, wide receiver Jordyn Williams and punter James Evans, committed to IU on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Alex Deryn

Wide receiver Jordyn Williams and punter James Evans became IU’s newest additions to the 2021 class. 

Williams, a three-star recruit from Westover High School in Albany, Georgia, committed to IU on Friday and is ranked as the No. 204 receiving prospect according to 247Sports. Evans, a New Zealand native, announced hiscommitment to IU on Sunday and currently trains with Prokick Australia, the same organization that worked with current IU punter senior Haydon Whitehead. 

Williams, a 6-foot-1-inch, 185-pound receiver, turned down offers from the University of Alabama, University of Tennessee and the University of Louisville before choosing IU.

As a junior last season, Williams caught 46 passes for 756 yards and eight touchdowns.

Williams is the Hoosiers’ second pass-catching recruit for the class of 2021 and is the third skill position player on offense, joining three-star recruits running back David Holloman and tight end Aaron Steinfeldt.

“The coaches were surprised, but I have been telling them for a little bit that they were on top of my list,” Williams told Rivals. “I just love how they have recruited me, how they have shown me everything about their program, and I really trust them.”

With Whop Philyor and Ty Fryfogle entering their senior seasons, Williams will join the Hoosiers after their departures as a necessary addition to the team’s receiving corps. Philyor and Fryfogle combined for 1,606 yards and eight touchdowns last season. 

It appears Whitehead will hand the reins over to Evans as IU’s next punter. Entering his senior year, Whitehead has been the punter for the Hoosiers for three seasons and is a two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten selection.

“Can’t wait to be a Hoosier come January and follow in the footsteps of the great Haydon Whitehead,” said Evans on Twitter.

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