It has been a very busy couple of days for Purdue football,a s the Boilers locked up their 18th commitment for the class this afternoon. LaDarius Wiley, a 6'2" 187 defensive back from Los Angeles agreed to come on board as the sixth defensive back in the 1-member class. As noted earlier today, he takes the final scholarship spot and the class can only get bigger if a returning player is lost, which seems likely if you listen to the recruiting services.
Wiley is listed as a corner and is a big one at 6'2". He is a 3-star commitment according to Rivals, ESPN, and Scout. He played this past season at Cathedral High in Los Angeles, making him one of Purdue's farthest away recruits. Cathedral was 6-5 this season and lost in the first round of the state playoffs. They kept pretty extensive stats for the season via MaxPreps, and he played both offense and defense. He had 16 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns while defensively he had five interceptions and 18 passes defensed.
Purdue was able to land Wiley over offers from Fresno State and Northwestern as major programs, but he was starting to draw some interest from California, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Nebraska, and UCLA. Here is some video:
This seems like a pretty good pickup. He's a solid pass defender and though listed as a cornerback, has the size of a safety. Welcome aboard!