When Isaac Haas tweeted on Saturday that he was feeling confident in a verbal commitment, Purdue fans grew giddy. The four-star center just recently visited West Lafayette and was very high on the Boilermakers. But, of course, he was on a visit at Wake Forest at the time, so the writing was on the wall.
Haas gave the Demon Deacons his pledge and now Purdue must move on. This is a painful loss for the Boilermakers as they desperately need a center for this class, just as insurance in case A.J. Hammons were to leave after this season.
The name to keep an eye on now is that of Steve McElvene, the 6-foot-11, 270-pound prospect from New Haven, Indiana. McElvene has just one offer on the table, coming from Pittsburgh, and proved to be a capable big man during the open-evaluation period.
Boston-area forward Jacquil Taylor is also an intriguing name, having recently set a visit to Purdue for the end of September. The 6-foot-8 forward holds offers from Boston and Siena. The Boilermakers could become an option.
One more to watch is 6-foot-9 center Ben Lammers from San Antonio, who coach Greg Gary has done good work recruiting.
The Bluiett bummer
Give credit to Purdue's Jack Owens, who helped get the Boilermakers into the hunt for Trevon Bluiett. But the local standout gave his commitment to UCLA on Monday, less than a week before he was scheduled to visit West Lafayette.
While the Boilermakers never appeared to be toward the top of Bluiett's recruitment, it's still a painful blow to lose him out of state, especially with a big official visit set for the end of the week. But if Purdue were to land a J.P. Macura and Vince Edwards, it will all be forgotten.
Both Macrua and Edwards are expected to make their decisions in the coming months. The Boilermakers must cross their fingers.
What's new with McIntosh?
A decision could be coming soon for Bryant McIntosh. So what does this mean for Purdue?
It has been hard to read McIntosh, the former Indiana State commit who gained major interest after opening up his recruitment in July. All signs seem to point to Northwestern as his leader, but the Boilermakers are certainly in the hunt.
The addition of Brandon Brantley to Purdue's staff could help reshape McIntosh's recruitment. The new coach has taken charge of McIntosh's recruitment, forming a strong relationship. It will be interesting to see how Brantley impacts the process.