Mathias commits to Purdue

Elida, Ohio swingman Dakota Mathias gave his verbal commitment to Purdue, becoming the Boilermakers' first pledge for their 2014 recruiting class.

Dakota Mathias admitted he was close to a decision, when asked on Saturday. He was bluffing a bit when saying it would be a few weeks.

Not long after leaving the Run-N-Slam AAU Tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mathias called Purdue head coach Matt Painter and offered his verbal commitment to the Boilermakers.

Mathias, a 6-foot-4 sharpshooter, is Purdue's first verbal commitment for its 2014 recruiting class. He also considered offers from Boston College, Butler, Dayton and others.

"They're a very prestigious school, both with basketball and academics, and that's what I'm looking for in a school," Mathias said of Purdue on Saturday. "Their community backs them. It's an all-around good fit."

Mathias also said thde close relationship with the Purdue coaching staff kept it in such high regard. The Boilermakers were in frequent contact with Mathias.

Purdue coaches made it clear to Mathias that he can make an impact in West Lafayette.

"They need guys that can shoot, pass and dribble—that's what they said," he said. "I can bring that to the table."

With the commitment of Mathias in hand, Purdue can now turn its attention so some of its other top prospects for the 2014 class. Four-star forward Trevon Bluiett and Vince Edwards remain top priorities, as is point guard Tyler Ulis.

Boiler Sports Report will offer further updates on the Dakota Mathias commitment to Purdue.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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