The news came in on Monday night, just two days after Taylor was hosted on campus for an official visit. The only bad part of his visit was the Boilermakers' performance on the football field. But he got to enjoy everything else, namely a pop-in with the basketball program's first practice.
It's no secret that sophomore center A.J. Hammons has NBA potential. With a big season, he could be out the door and into the association. So it was very important for Purdue to have a replacement. That's Taylor's job. The 6-foot-9, 215-pounder brings an athletic presence underneath the hoop. Like Hammons, he's a major shot-blocking threat.
It took a while, but the Boilermakers have their future center locked up. Taylor will fit right in with Purdue.
What about Jabari Craig?
Purdue went from desperately searching for a big man to a possible great situation. Even with Jacquil Taylor committed to the Boilermakers' 2014 class, center Jabari Craig remains an in the fold. Purdue could potentially add two talented bigs to its class.
With Taylor now locked into the class, Matt Painter and Purdue can now turn their focus to building their next classes. But they have the luxury of adding to this class, too. If there is talent left on the board, Purdue won't pass it up. Craig is certainly one to watch.
While the Boilermakers' chances of landing Craig aren't too strong—with offers like Arizona State, Clemson, Kansas State, Maryland and more in the mix—they'll do whatever it takes to stay in the hunt.
Big names in the city of big shoulders
That trip up I-65 can be a pain, but Matt Painter has certainly developed a familiarity with it. Last week, Purdue's head coach worked the Windy City for some of the Boilermakers' top prospects.
While in Chicago, Painter visited names like Glynn Watson, Jordan Ash, Jalen Brunson and Evan Boudreaux. These are some of Purdue's most important targets for its 2015 class. The Boilermakers have a strong shot at landing Watson, and are in decent shape with Ash and Boudreaux. However, Brunson may be a tough one to win.
There are tons of names to watch in Chicago, so kudos to Painter for getting to work in the talent-rich city.
Coleman is a commodity
Things continue to heat up for Jalen Coleman. The four-star shooting guard holds offers from Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA and more. Moving up to La Lumiere has certainly helped his growth.
"It has been going good," said Coleman to Scout.com. "You have so much extra time to work on your game here. I feel like I have gotten better in the classroom with the help they offer, and the access to the gym 24/7 has helped me get better."
Indiana, Michigan and Notre Dame have been among those showing the strongest interest. Purdue's Jack Owens has led a strong recruitment of the local product, but there will be plenty of competition for Purdue to land highly-touted target.