Posted by Bryan Fischer
Despite suffering an ACL tear last season, North Canton (Ohio) quarterback Austin Appleby had proved enough on the field and during the camp circuit to draw several scholarship offers and plenty of interest from major programs. He earned an offer from Purdue earlier in June and on a return visit to campus this week, decided to end the recruiting process and join the Boilermakers' recruiting class.
"I've been to 19 places, believe it or not, since the fall on unofficial visits and camps," Appleby told GoldandBlack.com. "People think we're crazy, but Purdue just really stuck out. It's a world-class education; there's not too many places that can beat Purdue."
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Appleby performed well at the Ohio State Nike Camp earlier this summer and held offers from Bowling Green, Louisville and others. Although he pulled the trigger on a commitment a bit earlier than he was planning on, the fit at Purdue was just too good to pass up.
"I didn't think it was going to be this fast," he said, "But I knew it was going to be before the season started in August. There's really no reason to wait. I have an unbelievable opportunity. I feel strongly about my decision."
Appleby passed for 1,427 yards and 14 touchdowns before getting injured last season. He is the sixth commit for Purdue and their class of 2012.