Purdue football will look to add to its 2018 recruiting class on National Signing Day, which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7, as the Boilermakers are gearing up to sign 24 players.
However, recruiting is a long process, and athletes often change their mind about which school they would like to play for throughout that time. In Purdue’s case, the program has had to deal with five of those instances.
Here’s a look at the five players that de-committed from Purdue.
3-star RB Destin Coates (Tallahassee, Fla.) — Hard commit with Georgia State
Coates originally committed to Purdue on July 25, 2017. However, Coates’ commitment to Purdue was short-lived, as he de-committed from the program on Nov. 29.
After his de-commitment from the Boilermakers, Coates visited UAB and Georgia State on Dec. 15 and Jan. 19, respectively. Two days after his visit to Georgia State, Coates announced his commitment to the program. He has not yet signed his letter of intent with Georgia State.
According to 247Sports, Coates ranks No. 75 among all running backs in the 2018 class. Among every player from Florida in the class, he ranks No. 195. Nationally, 247Sports ranks Coates No. 1,270 overall.
3-star WDE Connor Parks (Orlando, Fla.) — Hard commit with Kent State
After receiving several offers, Parks initially announced his commitment to Purdue on June 20, 2017. However, his commitment didn’t last long, either, as he de-committed from the Boilermakers on Nov. 27.
Following his de-commitment, Parks named Southern Miss as the leader in his recruiting process. However, Parks and Southern Miss never went any further than that, and Parks later visited Florida Atlantic and Kent State in January. One day after he visited Kent State — on Jan. 27 — Parks announced his commitment to the program. He has not yet signed a letter of intent with the Golden Flashes.
Parks ranks No. 79 among all weak-side defensive ends in his class, according to 247Sports. Among all players from Florida in the class, Parks ranks No. 224. Also, 247Sports ranks Parks No. 1,436 overall in the class.
3-star RB Clay Harris (Norcross, Ga.) — Has not yet committed or signed anywhere
Harris announced his commitment to Purdue on July 23, 2017, but later de-committed from the program on Nov. 11.
Since then, Harris has been weighing his options. He currently is interested in five programs, all of which he has received offers from, according to 247Sports. The five teams are Purdue, Western Kentucky, Chattanooga, Citadel and FIU.
247Sports ranks Harris as the No. 90 running back in his class, and the No. 139 overall player from Georgia. Nationally, Harris is ranked No. 1,437 out of all players in the class.
3-star WR/CB Tayvonn Kyle (Valdosta, Ga.) — Has not yet committed or signed anywhere
After receiving a number of offers, Kyle first committed to Purdue on Nov. 15, 2017. However, just over a month later, Kyle de-committed from the program on Dec. 21.
Since then, he has visited both Georgia State and Iowa State, receiving an offer from the latter. Although he has not firmly committed to any program as of yet, he is warm on Iowa State, Georgia State and Colorado State, according to 247Sports. In addition, he is considering East Carolina and Illinois.
247Sports has Kyle as a “Top Athlete Recruit” for his class, where he ranks No. 129 among all other players given the same label. The cornerback and wideout ranks No. 162 among players from Georgia, and No. 1,717 nationally.
3-star WR Cornelius McCoy (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) — Signed with Georgia State
McCoy has drawn plenty of interest from several programs throughout his recruitment process. McCoy initially committed to Purdue on June 16, but that commitment would not last very long. On Nov. 4, McCoy visited Toldeo, and three days later, he de-committed from Purdue.
On Dec. 4, McCoy named Toledo as the leader in his recruiting process. But on Dec. 10, McCoy visited Georgia State, which prompted him to commit to the program only a week later and sign his letter of intent on Dec. 20.
According to 247Sports, McCoy is the No. 253 overall wide receiver in his class. Nationally, he is ranked No. 1,719 among all players, and is ranked No. 265 among all player from Florida.