The brief second recruitment of Caleb Swanigan has ended, and the five-star post player is headed to Purdue.
The commitment was first reported by Eric Vaughn, who has been close to Swanigan’s recruitment.
Michigan State first landed Swanigan’s commitment in April, then the 6-foot-8 prospect backed out of that pledge less than a month later. Purdue, California — and later Kentucky — emerged as the frontrunners.
247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer told the Herald-Leader on Monday that Swanigan would likely end up at either Purdue or UK, and he predicted it would be the Boilermakers. Meyer said Swanigan has expressed interest in playing on the perimeter some in college, and Purdue would offer that opportunity next season.
Swanigan was also interested in teaming up with fellow five-star recruits Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb at California, but that program currently does not have any available scholarships for next season.
Kentucky emerged in recent days as another possible landing spot, and UK’s coaches had been in contact with Swanigan and his camp.
Instead, he’ll play at Purdue, where his legal guardian was a standout football player in the early 1980s. Purdue’s campus is also a two-hour drive from Swanigan’s hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind.
ESPN ranks Swanigan as the No. 9 overall prospect in the class of 2015.