Nationally Ranked Parriott Selects Purdue
Just a little over a week after Purdue’s head wrestling coach Tony Ersland announced the members of the 2015 recruiting class, it looks like the Boilermaker’s 2016 class is already off to a fast start. New Prague, Minnesota star wrestler Griffin Parriott, whom we interviewed a few weeks ago, has given his verbal commitment to wrestle for Purdue. Corey Haddad of AWN broke the news on Twitter last night:
— Corey Haddad (@CoreyHaddad) July 8, 2015
In our interview with Parriott it was apparent that Purdue was clearly in the running for the #22 ranked recruit (InterMat), and in fact the direct quote was that Purdue was one of the leaders, “Right now it’s Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The main (schools) right now are probably Purdue and Minnesota.”
This is particularly big news for Ersland, who now has now added a top 25 recruit in just his second recruiting class since being brought on to head the Purdue program after previously serving as an assistant on the Nebraska coaching staff. His 2015 class consisted of eight wrestlers, which included the top 100 ranked Nate Limmex. Interestingly enough, Ersland managed to pull a majority of his 2015 class from outside of the home state of Indiana, and so far his 2016 class is out of state heavy as well, with Parriott joining Devin Schroder of Michigan.
Schroder is a top 75 ranked recruit (InterMat) and projects at 125 pounds. The addition of both wrestlers puts the Boilermakers in a position to already have a better recruiting class rankings-wise than they did in 2015. For a new coach in the NCAA’s toughest wrestling conference, seeing an upward trend in recruiting is a big positive.
This also means that the Minnesota Gophers will be missing out on one of the state’s top recruits, but with J Robinson and staff pulling both Iowan Fredy Stroker and Illinois native Larry Early in 2015, the addition of Parriott may have been tough to swing from the get go.
Parriott will project as a 149 or 157 pound wrestler for the Boilermakers. Already a three-time state finalist in the state of Minnesota, Purdue fans can look forward to watching their future wrestler try and go out and capture his third Minnesota state title for New Prague. Parriott will also brings a strong freestyle element to West Lafayette, as he recently took third at the Junior national tournament in Las Vegas.