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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 4 60 BY BRIAN NEUBERT J ack Plummer comes to Purdue with all the requisite superlatives for a Big Ten quarterback signee, a slew of high school honors, some decent rankings on the Internet, etc. But when he arrived in West Lafay- ette in January, he did so with a partic- ularly notable label. He's the Boilermakers' first quarter- back recruit evaluated and prioritized by Jeff and Brian Brohm, Purdue's well-reputed braintrust at the position. GOT THEIR GUY Plummer was the quarterback Purdue wanted Dennis Webb, Plummer remained loyal to his Purdue commitment, despite Michigan, Louisville and others still chasing him. Dennis Webb, "They said that I was the one they wanted to take, and they liked me and I liked them," Plummer said prior to enrolling at Purdue. "They both played in the NFL, so I think that a big part of it for me was that they had played at the highest level and they know what to do." Purdue signed two quarterbacks last winter, but both Nick Sipe and Griffin Alstott were commitments inherited from the prior coaching staff. This class, then, was Purdue's first cycle in which the Boilermakers' new particularly quarterback-minded staff could survey the entire national land- scape at the position and pick the player(s) it most coveted. That went well, it would seem. Not long after Brandon Johnson, an assistant coach at Plummer's Gilbert High School in Arizona reached out to his former Louisville teammate, Brian Brohm, about Plummer, Purdue was sold. "For us," Jeff Brohm said, "he's the top quarterback in the country." Purdue moved quickly, and quietly, to get Plummer committed, figuring that Brohm's rep with quarterbacks might complicate matters if word got out that this was the one Purdue wanted. It was a moot point, because Plummer committed in June, shortly after an unofficial visit, then signed in December, but not before Michigan headlined the list of schools that tried to move Plummer off his commitment during the

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