Class of 2017 dual-threat quarterback Griffin Alstott, son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott, has committed to Purdue. The younger Alstott’s decision was reported by Rivals and also confirmed by his father, who is also his coach at Northside Christian School in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“It’s a dream come true for our family,” said Mike Alstott. “It’s unbelievable. First of all, having your son get a scholarship and go to your alma mater on a scholarship, and at the same time, because he earned it with his preparation and his hard work and preparation and play and academics … that’s great. And it’s even more special for a quarterback, because they really only take 130, 140, 150 quarterbacks in the United State (on scholarship) every year, so it’s really special for him to be one in that elite category.”
On top of Purdue, Alstott was also weighing offers from Appalachian State, Troy and Akron. He also drew interest from a number of other schools including Colorado, Penn and Wake Forest.
That said, it’s going to be interesting to see if good football genes run in the family. Mike Alstott also went to Purdue before being drafted by the Bucs and going on to make six Pro Bowls and win a Super Bowl, so the bar has been set fairly high.
Either way, with a great support system behind him, Alstott could be just what the Boilermakers need to have their first winning season since 2011.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Tampa Bay Times