Ike says no to Rice, yes to Purdue


Three-star defensive end Kingsley Ike (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) switched his commitment from Rice to Purdue Saturday afternoon.

Ike, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound end, had an in-home visit with Purdue coach Danny Hope on Saturday. He admitted to wanting to make the switch from Rice after his official visit to Purdue and West Lafayette, Ind., last weekend, but he wanted his parents to meet Hope before finalizing the decision.

“Before my visit, I didn’t have any interest in Purdue,” Ike said. “But that’s what visits are for. Now, I feel really strong about it. I liked the whole environment. The fan support is great, and they have really good facilities.”

Ike, who played defensive end for Hendrickson, originally committed to Rice in October but called it a “soft commitment” at the time. Ike also considered Texas State, UNLV, Iowa State and Army in the earlier stages. He was recruited to Purdue by Jules Montinar.

Ike is Purdue’s 23rd committ and 11th three-star commit.