Second SEC defensive player transferring to Purdue, this time a former 4-star DL
Purdue continues to add defensive talent to its roster through the NCAA transfer portal.
Friday afternoon, the Boilermakers received a pledge from ex-South Carolina defensive end Joseph Anderson. He was a former 4-star recruit as a high school prospect, per 247Sports, and committed to Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks as a member of the 2019 class.
After spending two seasons at South Carolina, and Muschamp being terminated from his post, Anderson decided to enter his name into the NCAA transfer portal. He’s now the second former SEC defensive player to commit to Jeff Brohm and Purdue, joining ex-Auburn linebacker O.C. Brothers.
Anderson made his announcement with a post on Twitter:
This one for you pops! I would like to thank the USC staff and my brothers that I went to battle with. With long prayers & thoughts me & my family have decided that I should transfer and play for Purdue University. #BoilerUp #HammerDown @JeffBrohm @CoachJamison @CoachCBarclay pic.twitter.com/0uSUfcVCPP
— Joseph Anderson (@BirdAnderson_18) January 8, 2021
Anderson appeared in 5 career games for the Gamecocks and was responsible for 4 tackles during his time. He played in just 1 game as a true freshman in 2019 and made 4 appearances during the 2020 season.
Per 247Sports, Anderson was a 4-star recruit as a member of the 2019 recruiting class. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native was ranked as the No. 2 player from his home state and the No. 8 strong-side defensive end of the cycle. Overall, he was listed No. 134 nationally.
Purdue’s defense has struggled significantly over the last two seasons and could use talented reinforcements. Anderson will have a chance to carve out a big role for himself in West Lafayette, along with Brothers at the linebacker position.
The Boilermakers finished the 2020 campaign with a 2-4 record.