Generally, teams like to take one quarterback per recruiting class to make sure there is plenty of depth on campus. That’s kind of where Purdue is right now. David Blough is the entrenched starter and likely will be through 2018. Elijah Sindelar is the backup getting pushed by Jared Sparks (who will probably play some receiver), while Nicholas Sipe and Griffin Alstott are incoming in the fall.
All that can change in a heartbeat with transfers and injuries, so getting a quarterback every year is a good idea. Today, Purdue got its 2018 quarterback in Jack Plummer, a 6’3” quarterback from Gilbert, Arizona. Jack is a 3-star recruit according to Scout, 247, Rivals, and ESPN. Lots of big name programs were after him, including Arizona, Boise State, Oregon State, and South Carolina.
Despite being from Arizona with the last name of Plummer, he is not related to Jake “The Snake” Plummer who won the Pac-12 and nearly a national title at Arizona State in the 90s. I did find an article that had an interview with him:
Plummer fought through a 1-9 campaign with his Tigers squad against Arizona 6A competition, but the win-loss record should not reflect on his playing abilities, quite the opposite. Plummer connected on 191 passes for 2,475 yards with 18 touchdowns tossed. The stat line was an improvement upon his sophomore season when he hit 129 receivers for 1,577 yards with 16 scores. He also rushed for 164 yards with a touchdown as a sophomore.
Through all the tough losses, Plummer has showcased his ability to lead a team taking his squad out onto the gridiron to play as tough as they can game after game. The other thing he showcased was his natural athleticism. Plummer has all the physical tools to be as good as any other quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class. Gifted with a rocket arm, the 6-5, 190 pound, gunslinger is no statue in the pocket capable of extending plays with his legs or picking up yards on the ground.
So, welcome aboard, Jack. We likely won’t see you playing until 2019 at the earliest, but you’re now part of the family.