It seems like just yesterday Brock Purdy was taking the Perry Pumas to new heights and navigating a late recruiting surge that we will likely never see before.
After a few short years and a record-setting career at Iowa State, Purdy is now getting ready for the NFL Draft with one of his last showcases being the East-West Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas.
It’s been an interesting time to be a college quarterback as signal-callers have been moving at an unprecedented rate due to the transfer portal. Brock knows that all too well with his younger brother Chubba making the move from Florida State to Nebraska this offseason.
It may just be further proof that Purdy got to college football at the perfect time. He was a dominant two-year starter at Perry High School but didn’t receive his first Division I offer until after his senior season. After a flood of suitors came in, including Alabama and Texas A&M, he eventually chose Iowa State in February of 2018.
That year, there was a new factor in the recruiting timeline: Early Signing Day.
Programs no longer had to babysit verbal commits that put pen to paper in December. The recruiting boards reset. Instead of trying to flip an already committed quarterback, it became clear Purdy was a standout in the group that had not yet signed. The snowball effect started, he found the opportunity at Iowa State and never looked back.
Had Brock come through the high school ranks a few years later, maybe those schools would be targeting a transfer portal quarterback with immediate instead of one out of high school.
The timing really was perfect for Purdy to get to Ames, get an opportunity on the field early and fully take advantage.
He’s now looking to do the same thing in the pros.
He caught up with Sports360AZ at the East-West Shrine Bowl to talk about his preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft.