Highest-ranked prospect from Purdue's 2021 class decommits days before Early Signing Period
The last two months have not gone in Purdue’s favor, either on the field or on the recruiting trail.
Struggles for the Boilermakers continued this week in multiple facets. First, the Old Oaken Bucket game was called off, as both programs agreed to a mutual postponement due to COVID-19 concerns. And later in the week, Purdue lost a pledge from 4-star quarterback Sam Jackson.
Per the timeline of Jackson’s commitment on 247Sports, the dual-threat quarterback decommitted from the program on Thursday. Purdue was the second program Jackson had given a verbal pledge to during the recruiting process, previously committing to Minnesota before flipping.
Jackson’s decommitment is a huge blow for Jeff Brohm and his staff, which has seriously struggled on the recruiting front this year. The Boilers have just 12 verbal pledges in the 2021 cycle and rank dead last in the B1G. Nationally, Purdue sits at No. 81 in the recruiting rankings.
Whether or not Jackson is still considering Purdue is unclear.
The 4-star quarterback has receiving 19 offers on the recruiting trail. He ranks as one of the top 350 prospects in the class, regardless of position. The Illinois native also ranks as the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback of the class and the No. 6 player from his home state.