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Transfer Recruiting Process Had Familiar Feel for Nebraska QB Chubba Purdy

March 15, 2022

Chubba Purdy was the seventh-rated dual threat quarterback recruit in the 2020 recruiting class. The Perry High school standout was a top 200 player in the country according to 247Sports. The Arizona native held 20 scholarship offers. That included Louisville, Michigan State and Kansas State before he picked Florida State. Purdy ended with a total of 9,000 yards and 111 touchdowns in two seasons as a starter in high school.

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The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Purdy played in only one game during the 2021 season. He was a perfect 5-for-5 passing with 98 yards and two touchdowns against UMass. The signal-caller appeared in three games including one start in 2020. He finished with 219 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and 57 rushing yards. His start at North Carolina State was only the fifth time ever that a freshman quarterback started a game for FSU.

Purdy made his collegiate debut against Louisville, the school he committed to first while in high school. He eventually made a last-minute visit and flipped to Florida State. He’s well-aware of how quarterback recruiting goes for big-time recruits. When Purdy entered the transfer portal, things were different yet the same. Purdy entered the portal on Nov. 5 after struggling to find consistent playing time with the Seminoles. The process of finding a new school happened quickly. The time crunch was on to find a new home in January. He committed to the Huskers on Jan. 17.

“Honestly, right when I hit the portal it was just like high school all over again,” Purdy said. “People DM you, the coaches, and try to get your number and then you talk to them on the phone. The whole process was really similar, but also you don’t post every offer like high school. In high school you post them all. This time I really posted the ones that I liked, which was Oklahoma, Nebraska and Pitt obviously. I think the recruiting process in that kind of standpoint was very similar.”

Many transfers have said being recruited again feels similar to the first time. How they pick schools is not. Purdy admitted he didn’t do as much home work when he went through the process as a high schooler. Having been in college and met a lot of people, he knew what to look for the second time. In his experience, recruiters are going to tell you what you want to hear. Things could change once you enter the facility, so you need to be aware of who you are dealing with. Purdy’s relationship with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple got Nebraska’s foot in the door.

“Our relationship is really good,” Purdy said. “I’ve known him since he was recruiting me in high school. That relationship started a couple years ago. He’s been great. When I hit the portal, he was one of the first guys to reach out to me. I really appreciated that because I know that he still had interest in me even though I was at another college.”

While Purdy didn’t go to Pittsburgh out of high school, his relationship continued to grow with Whipple. When Whipple left Pitt for Nebraska, he encouraged the quarterback to still check Pitt out. Purdy did visit, but it was difficult to see himself going there without Whipple. Coach Scott Frost was another selling point for Nebraska. Purdy didn’t actually get to meet Frost on his visit but had heard a lot of good things about the coach. Purdy also loved the passion for football in Nebraska. The Huskers are the biggest show in the state with no pro team.

There was also an Arizona connection for Purdy with the Huskers. He’s had friends from the state come to Nebraska and they all said nothing but good things. Defensive lineman Ty Robinson was one. He was Purdy’s host the weekend of his official visit. The pair lived 15 minutes away from each other back home. Robinson was honest with Purdy during his visit. The quarterback says that everything Robinson told him has been true.

“We talked ball and stuff, but also we also just talked about life and everything,” Purdy said. “How our families are doing and stuff. He didn’t really try to sell it too hard. But he obviously said they want me bad. He wanted me to be his teammate.”

The transfer process was a whirlwind for Purdy. Now the recruiting process is in the rear-view mirror for the second itme. He is focused on jumping into the quarterback battle that is already underway in Lincoln.

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