Purdue gets a good one in Eargle

It's been a tumultuous six months for Lackawanna CB Michael Eargle (6-0, 190). The talented athlete signed with Oklahoma State last February, but a missing class meant he was unable to enroll there this fall, so he became a recruitable athlete again. This past weekend he took a trip to West Lafayette, Indiana and after careful consideration decided to become a Boilermaker...

"It's true, I committed to Purdue this past weekend," Eargle told JCFootball.com. "I committed there after visiting with them. I took my mom with me and she was really happy I got to get out of Elizabethtown (Pennsylvania) and keep playing football and to get an education."

Eargle was a multi-sport athlete coming out of high school and was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship, so he headed to Lackawanna to continue his football career.

"When I got there (in 2007), I basically went right in and played quarterback," Eargle said. "Then I played one game at corner last year, but our quarterback got injured so I had to play the rest of the year at quarterback again.

"I sacrificed for the team because the reason I moved to corner was because people all told my my future was going to be there. But our team needed me back at QB so that's what I had to do."

As the starter in 2008, Eargle threw for almost 700 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions while running for almost 500 yards and nine scores.

"I guess you could say I was more of an athlete playing quarterback," Eargle said. "But when your team needs you to step up, that's what you have to do."

After signing with Oklahoma State last spring, he expected to be heading to Stillwater, but a credit problem got in the way.

"Basically it was the classes I had and the credits," Eargle said. "I tried to get it sorted out, but by the time I could get qualified, they said they were out of scholarships for cornerbacks, so I had to redshirt this year and open things up again."

Eargle got a call from the Purdue coaches who were on the road recruiting in Scranton, Pa. during September and things just started moving after that.

"They had heard about me and that I was available and wanted to talk to me," Eargle recalled. "I was excited because they are in the Big 10 and I really wanted to play D-1 ball so once they offered and I visited it was pretty much it.

"This past weekend I went and visited and on Sunday when I met with the coaches, I told them I wanted to commit to them.

"They were happy, I was happy, my mom was happy. It all just worked out great for me."

Besides his offer from the Boilermakers, Temple, Minnesota, Jackson State and Memphis had all stepped up with offers and more schools were starting to show interest, but in the end, he said Purdue was where he wanted to be.

Because Eargle is redshirting this season, he will have two years to play two once he signs his letter-of-intent in December. He plans to enroll in January so he can be on campus to take part in spring ball next April.

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