This went over well, so for at least the off season, this will be a staple. From your suggestions, I will try to get some information on sports that don’t really get that much love from any of the Purdue athletics blogs or official sites.
This week is an exciting week, as a lot of the summer workouts and practices have started within Purdue athletics, recruiting is in full swing, football opened up with their first youth camp under the Brohm era and high school graduations are basically over with, incoming recruits will be making their way to campus to start practice/summer classes. So what else is going on?
The new staff held their first camps for youth, prospects and soon their summer camp. Coach Brohm’s camps at Western Kentucky were revered as some of the best prospect and youth camps in America, I believe he brought that same mold to Purdue.
I had a friend take his son to the youth camp this year. He also took him to the youth camp ran by the old staff last year. He said it was night and day, the coaches were personable, organized and the kids just had fun being around them. He said his son learned a ton in his 3 day camp, but most importantly, he had fun.
Coach Brohm got his first verbal for the 2018 class. He happens to be from the Chicagoland area, an area that Coach has said he wants to restore as a place where we get talent. This kid is talented too, as well as a giant, Jaylan Alexander, 6’1, 240 Pound LB/WR. 247 has him ranked as the 9th best player in the state of Illinois, a good get for us. He will play some LB for us, he can cover sideline to sideline, it doesn’t take long in watching his film to see a defensive caliber defender.
Update: Coach Brohm and his staff nabbed their 2018 Quarterback last night in Jack Plummer (no relation to Jake). Jack is a 6’5” Pro-Style Qb out of Arizona. This being Brohms first real recruiting class, where he has total control of who he gets, you know that Plummer was one of his priorities. Jack is a 3* according to 247 Sports. He is a good get for the new staff, a QB per class is a good mantra to have.
We learned on Wednesday that Robby Carmody will be making his official visit to campus next weekend. Coach Painter offered him back in the summer of 2015 and he has been on campus many times for unofficial visits, it seems to be down to Purdue, Michigan and Notre Dame for his services. I like our chances.
Coach Painter has plenty of interest this week with the Junior All-Star Team. T-Mill broke it down earlier this week in this article.
Long story short, we have a lot of interest in the Junior’s. That 2018 class is very important. Damezi Anderson continues to rise, I would love to see him in the old gold and black. I obviously want the home town kid as well, in Robert Phinisee, he is a perfect Purdue Point Guard. Keep an eye out, Coach Painter has success in the summers with getting kids to commit.
Women’s basketball has relatively been quiet this off-season, other than the late addition of incoming freshman Karissa McLaughlin. She was Indiana Ms. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year. She is the real deal and should see a large amount of playing time in her first year on campus.
So, why do I bring her up? This past weekend she was one of the players chosen to play in the Hoosier Gym and got to wear the Hickory colors. That is such a cool experience for both girls and boys basketball players and an honor to represent the state of Indiana in such a historical gym.
I am sure Karissa dominated the competition.
Karissa is also a part of the Indiana All-Star Team. This week she had a game where she scored 14 points against the Junior All-Star Team. She will play the Kentucky All-Stars this weekend in the annual match-up of the two states.
We have interest in the Junior team as well, as there are a couple of Purdue Commits for 2018 that played on the team.
Miss Basketball/ Purdue commit Karissa McLaughlin scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in the Junior vs Senior game.— Mike DeFabo (@MikeDeFabo) June 7, 2017
Like many other sports, the camps have are about be underway. For Softball, they start up in a couple of weeks. Coach Boo has done a fantastic job with making strides with the Purdue Softball team. They have a beautiful complex and their camps are located there.
If you have a daughter and want to sign her up for some camps on campus, you can sign up here.
Thanks for reading again, guys. Boiler Up!