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Purdue, Indiana starting early

Recent Purdue pledge continues a trend of programs in Indiana landing underclassmen

Originally Published: February 16, 2011
By Dave Telep | ESPN Recruiting

There isn't another state in America that has embraced the early commitment trend like Indiana. With Purdue's addition of 2013 small forward Basil Smotherman (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian) on Wednesday, the Boilermakers have three commits in that class alone and six underclassman pledges overall. Not to be outdone, Indiana University has eight underclassman pledges of its own.

The Boilermakers are so far out in front of the pack -- as is rival Indiana -- that Matt Painter's ...

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