Photo by Derrick Mahone / Eagle’s Landing Christian running back Keyante Green recently committed to play his college football at Purdue after six months of being committed to UCLA.
Keyante Green had been watching the depth chart at UCLA grow and seeing other high school running backs commit to the PAC-12 school.
Although he had been committed to the Bruins since late February, the Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy running back decided to make a change.
On Saturday, he decided to decommit to UCLA and pledge his commitment to Big Ten Conference member Purdue.
“I like the coaches at Purdue,” Green said Tuesday afternoon via phone. “I took my visit to Purdue and loved it. I looked at the depth chart and see that there is only one or two running backs ahead of me. In recent weeks, I started to hear less and less from UCLA.”
Green said it was hard decommitting to UCLA, which is led by first year head coach Jim Mora, the former coach of the Atlanta Falcons, but said it was in his best interest.
“I had a decision to make, and my parents have been very supportive,” Green said. “I wasn’t in contact with UCLA as frequently. Purdue has been calling all the time.”
In February, Green committed to UCLA despite not making a visit to the campus. He took that visit in late June and told several media outlets that he was still committed. The three-star recruit has several offers including scholarships from Georgia and Georgia Tech.
He is rated the No. 78 college prospect in Georgia by Scout.com, a national recruiting service. Green was the first player from the Southern Crescent to make a college commitment when he announced he was going to attend UCLA on February 25.
With his switch to Purdue, he is now the second player on the Chargers squad to commit to an Indiana school.
Teammate Isaac Rochell has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame, which annually plays Purdue.
“Yeah, there has been some trash-talking between us,” Green said. “Purdue showed that they wanted and needed me. It is going to be great to go up against Isaac the next four years.”