According to a story by Bleacher Report, Purdue McDonald’s All American Caleb Swanigan has still not been cleared to play by the NCAA.
Sources connected to Jason King of Bleacher Report say that Purdue coach Matt Painter knows of the situation but won’t comment much on the matter.
“We’re still working through the process,” Painter said. He declined to comment further (per King of Bleacher Report).
The issue at hand is Swanigan’s relationship with Purdue alum Roosevelt Barnes. In May of 2011, Barnes adopted Swanigan when he was in the eighth grade, which is way before he became a highly-touted prospect. And considering the background Swanigan came from, Barnes did him a huge favor. You should read more about Swaingan here on how he overcame so many odds to be the player and the man he is today.
For background, Jason King's superb article on Caleb Swanigan and his rough road to Purdue: https://t.co/9TevNtEMzG
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) October 26, 2015
Barnes is a professional football agent, though, and what may be the case is how Swanigan backed off his original commitment to Michigan State and in then in the same month committed to Purdue.
It will be interesting to see how the NCAA rules on Swanigan’s eligibility.