H.S. FOOTBALL | Jeff Brohm, Purdue Recruiting Home State of Kentucky

09/01/2017 12:39 PM

First year Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm has recruits across Kentucky saying one thing: “Boiler up, hammer down”.

The class of 2018 has four guys from Kentucky heading to West Lafayette in the fall: offensive lineman Will Bramel out of Boyle County, offensive lineman Charles Allen from Doss, Kaiden Smith, a defensive back from Spencer County and safety Cory Trice from Christian County. Local coaches have noted the efforts in Brohm’s home state.

“Purdue has done a fantastic job here. He was successful at Western with Kentucky players and I think he’ll do the same at Purdue,” said Waggener head coach Jordan Johnson.

Allen’s coach at Doss, Phillip Hawkins, agreed.

“He does such a good job, because he understands the kids here in Jefferson County, understands their needs and has that relationship so he just moved all that to Purdue with him.”

Former Louisville wide receiver and local trainer, Chris Vaughn, owner of Aspirations Gym echoed the two coaches.

“Brohm does a great job. He was actually one of my coaches at the University of Louisville. He was always one of my favorite coaches so I’ve had a great relationship with him for some time now and he’s a guy, again, like I said he cares about the kids beyond the athletic side and I support him wherever he goes, wherever he ends up.”

Brohm and his staff began forming relationships with many of these recruits when he was still at WKU, but for the players they said they felt Purdue was a home away from home.

“I felt most at home there. So that was the biggest thing for me was I wanted to be successful on and off the field and I think Purdue gave me the best opportunity for that,” Bramel explained.

Allen said he felt a similar appeal.

“I didn’t find a flaw in the school. Had everything I wanted, had my major it just felt like a good place and when i visited it was even better.”

The Brohm quad built a championship culture around WKU; back-to-back C-USA titles and two bowl wins. Despite Purdue having a 3-9 record in 2016, the mindset of the staff hasn’t changed since the move from Bowling Green to Indiana.

“Its crazy because you can just feel out the vibe. The vibe of everybody. Everybody has the same mindset about what they want to do and it’s just great to be around all of them,” Allen said.

Jairus Brents, the top uncommitted senior in the state, has Purdue in his top ten schools. Brohm coached Brents’ older brother at WKU, and he believes that Purdue will have things turned around under Brohm.

“Coach Brohm is going to change everything around like he did a great job at the school he was at before and now he should be able to turn everything around. I have a lot of faith in him and so do the commits too.”

The players know the expectations are very high heading into it.

“I think the recruits coming in, I’m sure they’ll play a lot actually. We’ve got some young guys on there, so I think they’ll make plays and then he wants, I think probably 2019 to be competing for the Big Ten Championship,” Smith told Spectrum News.

Bramel said he expects nothing less.

“The goal is to win championships. A conference championship and eventually a national championship so thats the goal with us coming in and that’s what we’re trying to build there.”

Jeff Brohm begins his 2017 campaign with the Boilermakers Saturday against his Alma Mater, the Louisville Cardinals. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. eastern at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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