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2017 Purdue Football Recruiting: Jacob Abrams & Ethan Smart Commit

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Jeff Brohm now has his first two commitments.

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The first two official commitments under Jeff Brohm are on board after visiting Purdue this past weekend. Jacob Abrams, a 6’2” safety from Class 6A State Champion Carmel joins as a high school commit, while Ethan Smart, a 6’6” 290 pound JuCo offensive lineman, will be a mid-year enrollee.

Let’s meet them:

Jacob Abrams – S – This year did not look like a particularly strong Carmel team, as the Greyhounds entered the state tournament with a rather mundane 5-4 record. This included losses to county rivals Hamilton Southeastern as well as Lawrence North, their first loss to Lawrence North in 10 years. They were able to avenge their loss to HSE in the first round of the sectional with a 17-14 victory on the Royals’ home field. They then beat Fishers, Homestead, and Penn to reach the state title game, where they avenged a 19-6 regular season loss to Center Grove with a 16-13 overtime win.

Abrams played a large role in that. Heading into the title game he was second on the team in tackles with 56 tackles. He also had two interceptions, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. He added four more tackles in the title game. He has good size at 6’2”, 185 pounds, but Ball State is his only other FBS offer so far. He is unranked by the recruiting services. Here is his profile from Indiana Football Scout.

Ethan Smart – OT – Purdue DESPERATELY needs an offensive tackle. It likely needs more than one. It already has a very promising high school prospect in Robert Hudson on board, but it gets some immediate help from Ethan Smart. Smart is a 6’6”, 290 pound tackle finishing up at Northeast Mississippi Community College. He will be able to enroll mid-year later this week and jump on board immediately. That is huge, because it gives him several more months to get acclimated and go through spring practice at a position of great need.

Smart had offers from Coastal Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, and Texas State. Rivals, Scout, and ESPN have yet to rank him. Here are his highlights.

If anything, Smart is much needed depth at a critical position. With the status of Martesse Patterson being up in the air at best Purdue returns only Michael Mendez with any real experience at offensive tackle. Jalen Neal has a very long way to go and both Grant Hermanns and Tanner Hawthorne are coming out of a redshirt year. There are a couple of other incoming true freshmen, but they are incoming true freshman. Smart will provide much needed depth.