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2016 Purdue Football Recruiting: Jared Sparks

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Purdue picks up some needed quarterback depth.

The commitment of Jackson Anthrop was not the only news on Sunday in terms of recruiting. Jared Sparks, a resident of Geismar, Louisiana, flipped his commitment form Southern Miss to Purdue.

Sparks is listed as a 6'1" 200 pound dual threat quarterback, making him slightly different from David Blough and Elijah Sindelar, who are both more typical pocket passers. His commitment greatly helps Purdue's depth, as after Blough and Sindelar Purdue did not have a scholarship quarterback. Aaron Banks, a true freshman this past season, is a walk-on that did take a single snap and completed a pass against Indiana.

Sparks is a 2-star prospect by both Rivals and ESPN. this season he led his team to an 8-4 record in his first season as a starter. I can't find a single thing about season stats on him, however.

I would say Sparks is almost assuredly headed toward a redshirt year. He is a depth QB that has an interesting upside with his ability to run. It should be interesting to see how he develops going forward even if we don't see him on the field for quite some time.

As for where that puts the scholarship count, I have the Purdue class at full almost two weeks before signing day. I have put Garrett Hudson back on to the chart because he was previously considered a walk-on because his dad was defensive coordinator, but since his dad is gone and it looks like Hudson is staying I am betting he is on scholarship. this is also likely why Jackson Anthrop is a greyshirt, and won't count against the 2016 scholarship cap.

Player ('16-'17) ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21)
Andy Garcia Senior (5)
Bilal Marshall Senior (5)
Cameron Cermin Senior (5)
Cameron Posey Senior (5)
J.J. Prince Senior (5)
Jason King Senior (5)
Jimmy Herman Senior (5)
Joey Warburg Senior (5)
Jordan Roos Senior (5)
Langston Newton Senior (5)
Robert Gregory Senior (5)
Austin Logan Senior
Dan Moteroso Senior
DeAngelo Yancey Senior
Domonique Young Senior
Evan Panfil Senior
Jake Replogle Senior
Leroy Clark Senior
Ra'Zahn Howard Senior
Shayne Henley Senior
Da'Wan Hunte Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Antoine Miles Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Danny Ezechukwu Junior (RS) Senior (5)
David Yancey Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Dezwan Polk Junior (RS) Senior (5)
John Strauser Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Johnny Daniels Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Keith Byars II Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Keyante Green Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Matt Burke Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Myles Norwood Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Garrett Hudson Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Anthony Mahoungou Junior Senior
Dexter Knox Junior Senior
Gelen Robinson Junior Senior
Gregory Phillips Junior Senior
Ja'Whaun Bentley Junior Senior
Trae Hart Junior Senior
Christopher Parker Junior Senior
Kamal Hardy Junior Senior
Austin Larkin Junior Senior
Jaylen Neal Junior Senior
Bearooz Yacoobi Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Brandon Roberts Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Cole Herdman Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
David Blough Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Keiwan Jones Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kirk Barron Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Martesse Patterson Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tim Cason Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Will Colmery Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Ben Makowksi Sophomore Junior Senior
David Rose Sophomore Junior Senior
Eddy Wilson Sophomore Junior Senior
Joe Schopper Sophomore Junior Senior
Markell Jones Sophomore Junior Senior
Markus Bailey Sophomore Junior Senior
Tario Fuller Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Andy Chelf Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Brycen Hopkins Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Chazmyn Turner Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Elijah Sindelar Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Evyn Cooper Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Fred Brown Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jess Trussell Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Matt McCann Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Michael Little Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Michael Mendez Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Peyton Truitt Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Richard Worship Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Sawyer Dawson Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tim Faison Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Wyatt Cook Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Brandon Shuman Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Josh Hayes Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Alex Criddle Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Luke Campbell Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Benaiah Franklin Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Navon Mosley Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Anthony Watts Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jack Wegher Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
J.D. Dellinger Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Lorenzo Neal Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Terrance Landers Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jared Sparks Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jackson Anthrop Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Total Scholarships Left 0 19 41 56 84
Total Scholarships Used 85 66 44 29 1