Najee Tyler is an unheralded quarterback stuck in a basketball world. The Brooklyn, New York prospect flew extremely under the radar compared to many of his basketball counterparts in the city that never sleeps. So, his commitment to Purdue came as a pleasant surprise to many Boiler fans across the nation.
"I wasn't to heavily recruited, coming out of New York, because it's such a basketball city. Though on the field, I've got a strong, accurate arm. I'm just a student of the game. I'm looking forward to learning more about the game and just breaking down film and everything to do with football, I can do. If something breaks down, I can make something happen with my feet. Off the field, I feel that I'm just a good guy. I'm not going to be the guy that's in the media about getting trouble. I just focus on football and school and that's it."
To be a quarterback at any level, being a student of the game is one of the absolute requirements for the moxie that it takes to be a signal caller. It's no wonder, then, why Coach Hope and his staff went after the New Yorker, and secured the Boilermakers third verbal commitment in as many days.
"I chose Purdue because it's a great school, and they've got a great business program. And when football is done, they have a great job placement program. They help you out getting a job after college. Also, the coaches were just down to earth and the players, when I went for my visit, the players were really cool and they treat you like family there. That's what I was really looking for in a school" an excited Tyler told BoilerSportsReport.
It only took a week for Tyler to declare for the Black and Gold. His official visit over the past weekend was what really sealed the deal for the gunslinger.
"We ate dinner with the rest of the recruits and with the coaching staff and then with all the host players. Then on Saturday we met with the academic advisors and they told me all about the business program. Then we went out and had a little fun and they showed us around the campus, showed us the facilities, and the different buildings of the school."
It's definitely something that Tyler will have to prepare himself for in the coming months. He'll take his first steps on campus as an official Boilermaker in the early summer months.
"I'm going to go in during the summer and try to go in a little early in the summer. I want to get adapted to school and start getting at it as far as plays and academic wise."
However, just because he won't be on campus until the summer months take place, doesn't mean that he won't be putting in his time and efforts for his future university.
"I'm going to try to bring in some players myself. I'm going to try to talk some recruits and get them to commit."
Purdue picked up verbal commit number three in the past three days…