FORT BRANCH, Ind. (WFIE) - It was a big day in Gibson County on Wednesday as Gibson Southern quarterback, Brady Allen, officially announced his commitment to play football for Purdue University.
“It’s been a long time coming, it really felt like a lot off my shoulders,” Allen said.
The junior had a slew of other offers from Power 5 schools - IU, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Rutgers - to name a few. However, Allen said West Lafayette instantly felt like home.
“I’ve known since they’ve offered that it could’ve been a place for me and it was a fit,” Allen said. “I’m around people who know what they’re doing and have played my position at a very high level... that was very intriguing for me and made it pretty easy for me. Being able to be around those guys, and see that I can still be developed and keep getting better – that’s huge for me.”
Allen is the first commit for Jeff Brohm in the Class of 2022. The 6′5″ quarterback threw for 2,671 yards and 31 touchdowns in just his sophomore season.
“He did a phenomenal job, especially with how early in his career all this attention started,” Gibson Southern head coach Nick Hart said. “I couldn’t imagine handling it any better than he did.”
So why the commitment so early?
“We have a lot of goals for high school that we haven’t accomplished yet,” Allen said. “To be able to put college aside and really focus on high school, hang out with my buddies, and not have to worry about recruiting and all that stuff anymore, it’s really nice.”
“He gets to be a high school kid here for the next couple of years,” Hart said. “It started so early for him, he hasn’t really experienced that where there isn’t the recruiting pressures going on.”
Now with the prospect of his junior season unclear, Allen says he’ll continue to keep working hard regardless, with a few goals in his sight he’s yet to accomplish.
“He’d probably be the first to tell you, all he wants to do is win football games and advance in the tournament,” Hart said.
“Continue to get better, continue to grow as a team with my high school,” Allen said. “I hope we get a chance to get on the field this year because I think we have a lot to show.”