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Purdue pulls scholarship offer from WR, high school coach muy enojado

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When National Signing Day rolls around tomorrow, there will be a lot of anticipation surrounding where some of the nation’s most high-profile recruits will land.

One thing we do know, however, is that Armwood (FL) wide receiver A.J. King will not be signing with Purdue.

King tore a ligament in his knee during a preseason game last year after he had already verbally committed to the Boilermakers. He then underwent successful knee surgery to repair the torn ACL. In early December, King took a trip to West Lafayette, where he was assured commitment by the coaching staff.

Shortly after that visit, Purdue pulled King’s offer because they felt his surgery was too similar to procedures done on four Purdue players, including quarterback Robert Marve, who later re-injured their knees.

And Paul Johnson gets his panties in a twist if he feels a kid waivers on his commitment.

“They flew A.J. up there to Purdue, everybody wowed him, told him they loved him and all that,” said King’s high school coach, Sean Callahan. “Then, after he came home, they pulled him, without ever talking to our doctors, without ever talking to our trainers.

“It’s completely unprofessional. In all my years as a coach, I’ve never, ever seen something done to a kid like this.”

And Callahan’s letting ‘em know it. He’s banned Purdue from recruiting his high school.

The good news is that King doesn’t appear to be left completely out in the cold. He is considering offers from Toledo, Kent State and Ball State.

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5 Responses to “Purdue pulls scholarship offer from WR, high school coach muy enojado”
  1. dg0122 says: Feb 1, 2011 11:08 PM

    Major d–k move by Purdont. Mack Brown for one (I’m sure there are others) has always honored scholarship offers to kids that get injured after their committment by before getting to campus. One kid was discovered to have a serious heart condition after nearly dying during a game in his senior year of HS, and he was told he could definitely never play again. Another had a very serious knee injury in his final HS game and was told by many he would struggle to walk normally again. Tony Hills is now on the Steelers roster and preparing for the Super Bowl. This will give the Boilermakers very bad PR and will cost them in that area at the very least

  2. dg0122 says: Feb 1, 2011 11:11 PM

    BTW- maybe the doctor (or doctors) they chose to fix those 4 knees that were reinjured sucks…

  3. jaggedmark says: Feb 2, 2011 2:49 AM

    I believe Armwood is the two time defending state champion. Stupid move Purdue, to alienate that school.

  4. drexelvol says: Feb 2, 2011 9:53 AM

    That’s a total dick move by Purdue. It’s not like Purdue is an elite football school by any stretch, but his other offers are a real drop off.

  5. cavredleg15 says: Mar 2, 2011 2:52 AM

    Not only is it a complete dick move by Purdue. As Armwood Coach Callahan has banned Purdue from the campus. How many other coaches in the area will see how Purdue has acted and follow suit?

    Although with Callahan banning Purdue it could give other Coaches a way to push their players.

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