July 21, 2024

Purdue surprises everyone by securing a commitment from one of the quickest athletes in the north, cornerback Dawayne Galloway, who had offers from coast to coast.

Columbus (OH) Marion-Franklin cornerback Dawayne Galloway committed to Purdue on Thursday.

Galloway is a significant addition to a Boiler class that has had several recent arrivals. He possesses pace and was a big win in Ohio, a state where this staff has been focusing more on recruiting.

WHAT DAWAYNE GALLOWAY SAYS ABOUT PURDUE 

Ryan Walters and his crew have developed a positive relationship with Galloway, but he is also joined by his cousin Tayvion Galloway and other members of the 2024 class who assisted in his recruitment.

“The people that made me comfortable are Tayvion Galloway, Demeco Kennedy and John Randle,” he told me. “The relationship I have with the head coaches and coaches on the staff [also made this the right decision].”

Grant O’Brien, the safeties coach, was Galloway’s key recruiter.

WHO ELSE WAS IN THE MIX?

Galloway was offered by 29 other schools. Syracuse, Kentucky, and West Virginia had formal visits. Penn State had also extended an offer, and he had an official visit arranged with the Nittany Lions.

The Boilermakers made a Crystal Ball prediction for him, which later switched to Kentucky. This one appeared to be heading the Wildcats’ way, so it was a good turn for the Boilers.

Prior to it, Michigan had a Crystal Ball lead, but his recruitment to the Wolverines flipped when new defensive personnel arrived.

WHERE DAWAYNE GALLOWAY RANKS AS A RECRUIT

Galloway is a four-star, Top247 talent. He is Ohio’s No. 9 rising senior and the No. 22 cornerback according to 247Sports.

Dawayne Galloway, Marion-Franklin, Cornerback

The 247Sports Composite ranks him as a national Top 150 talent, the No. 17 cornerback in the class, and the No. 7 rising senior in Ohio.

HOW DAWAYNE GALLOWAY FITS WITH PURDUE

Purdue signed a couple of Ohio youngsters in the 24th class, and now has four in the 25th class, including Galloway, tight end Brian Kortovich, defensive tackle Drayden Pavey, and athlete Ziaire Stevens. That’s a nice haul out there.

Stevens committed early, but Galloway, Kortovich, and Pavey are legitimate recruiting successes.

Galloway is the first corner in the class. Last year’s class was slightly more corner-heavy, and the Boilers are bringing in transfer Nyland Green arrived one year after Markevious Brown made his Boiler debut following his transfer. However, it is encouraging that they are including high school corners into the development process.

Galloway, we believe, has the potential to be a No. 1 cornerback for them in the future, as well as someone who can play early in his career.

WHAT WE THINK ABOUT DAWAYNE GALLOWAY

Galloway’s main goal in potentially aiming for early time is to gain weight and power.

He can certainly run, as seen by his 10.42 time in the 100-meter dash. He also demonstrates potential as a return man, which he may be able to pursue in college.

There was some concern about the level of competition and how he would adjust to college, but he played 7-on-7 with Fast Houston and competed against more national teams in the spring. He has outstanding ball skills and can play press and off-man.

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