Later Etling would commit to Purdue but still remained a prospect that has remained largely under the radar.
Last weekend Etling once again attended an Elite 11 Regional camp, this time in Columbus, Ohio. Once again, Etling put together an elite performance and it is becoming clear that Purdue has landed a commitment from not some regional sleeper but one of the nation’s top arms.
“I kind of wanted to prove to myself that I could do it and prove it to everybody else,” Etling said following the event. “When I went out to Dallas, no one really knew me and out here everyone was watching and I think I stood out a little bit. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel like we can really make some noise in the playoffs.”
Though his recruitment could be on the verge of really blowing up, Etling is happy with his pledge to Purdue and doesn’t foresee anything changing with it.
“I kind of realized what am I waiting for because I really like Purdue, they’re close to home and my cousin (Joe Holland) played there,” he said. “I think I’m going to be a man of my word. When I say I’m going to do something I’m going to do it. Unless Purdue does something to make me want to decommit like a coaching change or try to get another quarterback instead of me, I’m sticking with it.”
With good size, a great arm and some athleticism to get outside of the pocket and make throws in different settings and circumstances, Etling truly has the complete package. He is hoping to help Purdue continue its rise.
“I definitely think they’re on the way up,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I chose them. They’re just kind of climbing every year. Hopefully they can win a Big Ten Championship.”