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.