Purdue Recruiting Outlook Post-Scandal

College Basketball recruiting has experienced a shake-up after the FBI probe. Where do the Boilermakers factor in?

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College athletics has been brought to its knees after news broke earlier this week of a major bribery scandal. Our own Peter Schmitt broke down the situation quite well yesterday. He also discussed how Purdue factors in to the entire situation. Peter only briefly touched on the recruiting angle of things. I believe this could become the section of this debacle that would make waves from a Purdue standpoint. There are plenty of recruits in this 2018 class that were courted by Louisville, the most high-profile school in the probe. Of those players, several were also targeted by Matt Painter and the Boilermakers.

With two recruits decommiting from Lousiville since the news broke, one has to assume an entire can of worms will be opened. Recruits that were once interested and targeting Louisville as their destination are surely looking elsewhere. There will be some that look Purdue’s way, no doubt. Not to mention players who will possibly be transferring from Louisville.

First and foremost, I took a look at all of Louisville’s top targets in the 2018 class. This means that Louisville either offered or was extremely interested in the player. Now that we can eliminate Lousiville from player wishlists, I looked into other schools they were interested in. With the help of 247 Sports and ESPN recruiting, I have attempted to aggregate all of this information. I do this in an attempt to see if Purdue has a chance at signing any of these common players for 2018.

Keep in mind, before you look over this information, that there may only be one Purdue roster space open for next season. The Boilermakers lose Dakota Mathias, Isaac Haas, Vince Edwards, and P.J. Thompson to graduation at the end of this season. So far, Painter has signed Trevion Williams, Emmanuel Dowuona, and Eric Hunter Jr. for next season. Barring any transfers, that fills three of the four spaces left behind by the seniors. At maximum, the Boilermakers will have two roster spots to give out. Anyway, let’s take a look at the the common recruits between Louisville and Purdue (Big Ten teams will be in italics):

Louisville/Purdue Targets, Offered Players, and Commitments:

Courtney Ramey (Webster Groves, MO) – Committed to UL (Since decommitted)

Other Offers/Interests: Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Illinois, Iowa, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State.

You will not find Purdue on any of Ramey’s interest lists. He did visit the school last year, but in my opinion that does not necessarily show interest. It’s safe to say we can check Ramey off the list.

Player Interest Level: Low

Romeo Langford (New Albany, IN)

Other Offers/Interests: Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State.

Like many, Langford’s father said he has taken Louisville off of his list of desired schools. The main suitors for him now seem to be Kansas and Indiana. The Boilermakers made an offer to Langford and Matt Painter would be crazy not to follow up with him. However, as nice as it would be to see Langford in a Purdue jersey, that other Indiana school has a better chance.

Player Interest Level: Medium

Kaden Archie (Midlothian, TX)

Other Offers/Interests: LSU, SMU, TCU, Texas, Illinois, Purdue.

We do know that Louisville at least scouted him at one time. Purdue offered Archie per 247. Archie does have schools listed higher than Purdue.

I’m more inclined to think he’ll sign somewhere else though. It’s simply based on location. His hometown is a long way from West Lafayette. I anticipate Archie signing somewhere closer to home.

Player Interest Level: Low

Tyger Campbell (La Porte, IN) – Verbal commit to DePaul rescinded

Other Offers/Interests: Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue.

Out of all the players linked to both Louisville and Purdue, Campbell has the highest chance of becoming a Boilermaker. Louisville did not make an offer to Campbell, but they did have scouts look at him. Purdue does have an offer out to Campbell right now. It seems as though the La Porte native was not totally interested in Louisville to begin with anyway.

Michigan State seems to be the team to beat for Campbell. Per 247, their crystal ball prediction gave the Spartans a 100 percent chance of signing him. This is unwelcome news for Matt Painter and his staff, but nothing that cannot be changed.

Recruits change their minds, Campbell had verbally committed to DePaul but has since rescinded that commitment. If Matt Painter is able to score Tyger Campbell, he will have put together one of his best all-around classes without question. The fact that Campbell is from Indiana will not hurt the chances either.

With the signing of another point guard, Eric Hunter, the chances of Campbell coming to Purdue are slim. I would be more excited to see the Boilermakers get Colin Castleton or Talen Horton-Tucker. Just taper your excitement for Campbell for the time being.

Player Interest Level: Medium

So does this scandal really help Purdue in recruiting? The answer, to me, is a no. All of the players linked to both Louisville and Purdue are more interested in other schools. I am not totally discounting the idea of a top recruit committing to Purdue yet though. I just feel that with the 2018 roster the way it is, Matt Painter will want to choose the right recruit for that final roster space. However, as of now, Painter has already assembled a tremendous 2018 class and no one should say otherwise.

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