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Purdue Football Recruiting: Jacob Wahlberg Commits

A new name has emerged at linebacker for the 2019 class.

NCAA Football: Iowa at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports


As predicted, Jacob Wahlberg is now a Purdue commitment.

Jacob Wahlberg -6’4, 215 - 3*(85) - Muskegon, Mi (Mona Shores)

The Purdue coaching staff is looking to add another linebacker to the 2019 class, and current Western Michigan commit Jacob Wahlberg has moved to the front of the line.

Wahlberg is a tall middle linebacker prospect with a great frame and long arms. He’s a little on the skinny side right now, but is sure to fill out his long frame once he gets into Purdue’s strength and conditioning program. On film he flashes as a defender with great range and tackling ability. He is able to track plays inside out and make tackles other middle linebackers simply can’t get to. He explodes through tackles and shows solid technique, keeping his head up, wrapping his arms, and hitting through ball carriers.

I love this move by the Boilermakers coaching staff. No one in the 2019 projects as a player that could even be moved to middle linebacker. It was one hole in the recruiting class I thought would remain unfilled, but it looks like Wahlberg is serious about Purdue after taking an official visit to West Lafayette this weekend that including a bevy of already committed 2019 prospects, and some of Purdue’s biggest targets in the 2020 class. Wahlberg is Western Michigan’s second highest rated recruit and would be the highest rated linebacker in Purdue’s 2019 class.

Wahlberg was captain of his Mona Shores High School team. Mona Shores lost in the Michigan Division 2 State Championship game. It was a disappointing end to an amazing season that saw the Pilots enter the season without a playoff win in school history, and finish the season playing on Ford Field.

Post season accolades continue to pour in for Wahlberg. He was named All-Area and All-Conference and was just named to Michigan’s Division 2 First Team All-State team by the Detroit Free Press. If Purdue can flip Wahlberg, he would be the second Michigan First Team All-State player in the 2019 class, joining Marvin Grant, who was named the Captain of the Division 3 All-State team.

Jacob Wahlberg’s “crystal ball” prediction is now favoring Purdue.