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2017 Purdue Football Recruiting: T.J. Jallow & Kai Higgins Sign with Purdue

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Late Wednesday night Jeff Brohm got his biggest get yet with a solid safety from one of the top JuCo programs in America. T.J. Jallow, a safety from East Mississippi Community College, was officially flipped from Louisville to Purdue late last night. He is also officially signed and will be a mid-year enrollee to go through spring practice:

Jallow is a big safety that Purdue really needs over the middle of the field. He comes in at 6’2”, 210 pounds and will likely start immediate. He had major conference offers from Iowa State, Kansas, and Louisville. He was originally committed to Louisville out of high school in Olive Branch, Mississippi back in 2015, but did not qualify academically. Once he enrolled in a junior college he recommitted to Louisville, but has since flipped to us. Ironically, he will probably start his first career game against the school he was committed to twice.

Here is what the Louisville Courier-Journal had to say about him:

Jallow's father is a former Olympic sprinter from Gambia who ran at the University of Georgia, and he said he inherited good genes for speed.

After U of L running backs coach Kolby Smith requested a review of his transcripts this week, the Cards made a new offer. Jallow said he earned a 3.0 grade-point average last semester and is on pace to graduate in December.

If you want to see more of Jallow, take a look at Last Chance U. on Netflix. It was a 6-part documentary focused on East Mississippi’s 2015 season as they tried to win a third straight national championship at the JuCo level.

Jallow is only a 3-star according to Rivals, but per ESPN he is a 4-star and the No. 20 JuCo player in the country.

As mentioned, Jallow is now signed and will enroll in January. He, along with Ethan Smart and new defensive end Kai Higgins, are all set to enroll and go through spring practice.

Kai Higgins

Speaking of Higgins, he was a late addition last night as well. He comes from Chaffey Community College and is originally from Rancho Cucamonga, California. He is a 6’4” 235 defensive end that should provide some much needed depth up front on the defense.

Higgins was not recruited by other power 5 schools, but you have to trust what Brohm is doing. Higgins other offers were New Mexico State, UMass and Southern Mississippi. Depth is needed on both sides of the line and honestly, beggars can’t be choosers sometimes. With his big frame and already up to 235, he could end up getting some playing time for us, just with the need we have there. You can see some of his highlights below.

As fans, we have to like the approach Brohm is taking with recruiting, unlike when we signed Hazell and let him finish the season at Kent State, bringing Brohm here right away has allowed him to hit the ground running. So far so good with the recruiting trail, and from what we hear he might not be done for the week either.

2017 Football Scholarship Grid

Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21)
Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21)
Da'Wan Hunte CB Senior (5)
Antoine Miles DE Senior (5)
Danny Ezechukwu LB Senior (5)
David Yancey RB Senior (5)
Dezwan Polk LB Senior (5)
Johnny Daniels OL Senior (5)
Keyante Green RB Senior (5)
Myles Norwood CB Senior (5)
Anthony Mahoungou WR Senior
Gelen Robinson DE Senior
Gregory Phillips WR Senior
Ja'Whaun Bentley LB Senior
Christopher Parker S Senior
Kamal Hardy CB Senior
Austin Larkin DE Senior
Jalen Neal OT Senior
Malik Kimbrough WR Senior
Dexter Knox RB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Bearooz Yacoobi OL Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Brandon Roberts S Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Cole Herdman TE Junior (RS) Senior (5)
David Blough QB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Keiwan Jones DT Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kirk Barron C Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Martesse Patterson OT Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tim Cason CB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Will Colmery DT Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Rob Simmons DE Junior Senior
Ben Makowksi LS Junior Senior
TJ Jallow S Junior Senior
Eddy Wilson DT Junior Senior
Kai Higgins DE Junior Senior
Ethan Smart OL Junior Senior
Joe Schopper P Junior Senior
Markell Jones RB Junior Senior
David Rose CB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Markus Bailey LB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tario Fuller RB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Andy Chelf S Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Brycen Hopkins TE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Chazmyn Turner DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Elijah Sindelar QB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Fred Brown DT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jess Trussell TE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Matt McCann OT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Michael Little CB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Michael Mendez OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Peyton Truitt OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Richard Worship RB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Sawyer Dawson LB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tim Faison DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Josh Hayes CB Sophomore Junior Senior
Alex Criddle DT Sophomore Junior Senior
Navon Mosley S Sophomore Junior Senior
Jack Wegher RB Sophomore Junior Senior
J.D. Dellinger K Sophomore Junior Senior
Lorenzo Neal DT Sophomore Junior Senior
Terrance Landers WR Sophomore Junior Senior
Brian Lankford-Johnson RB Sophomore Junior Senior
Brandon Shuman CB Sophomore Junior Senior
Benaiah Franklin WR Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Anthony Watts DT Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jared Sparks QB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Grant Hermanns OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Simeon Smiley CB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tanner Hawthorne OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Semisi Fakasiieiki LB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jackson Anthrop WR Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Griffin Alstott QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
C.J. Hayes ATH Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Darius Pittman TE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Nicholas Sipe QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tijuan Mason DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
LaPerion Perry ATH Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Robert Hudson OT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Marcus Jones ATH Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Brevin Harris WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Malcolm Robinson DT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tyler Hamilton WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Dedrick Mackey DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Mark Stickford OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jacob Abrams DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jalen Jackson OG Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Total Scholarships Left 2 19 37 62
Total Scholarships Used 83 66 48 23