Jake Purichia has more TDs than any QB in Indiana history, but can’t get a college scholarship

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

There's something that doesn't check out for Jake Purichia.

Cardinal Ritter quarterback Jake Purichia is now Indiana's career leader in touchdown passes — iHigh
Cardinal Ritter quarterback Jake Purichia is now Indiana's career leader in touchdown passes — iHigh

The senior at Cardinal Ritter High (Indianapolis, Ind.) has spent four years racking up astronomical stats, including one of the highest yardage totals in state history. On Friday, he set a new state record for career touchdown passes. There's only one thing missing from Purichia's resume: A Division I FBS scholarship.

As noted by MaxPreps, Purichia broke the Indiana state record for most career touchdown passes in a 35-10, Indiana Class 2A state playoffs victory against Speedway (Indianapolis, Ind.). He now has 10,262 career passing yards and an incredible 131 touchdowns, with only 21 interceptions on the other side of the ledger. He has a career completion percentage of .661, and has been incredible consistent across his four years as a starter; his lowest completion percentage was .579 as a freshman.

All of these numbers would seem to make a strong case for Purichia as a legitimate college quarterback. For some reason, coaches don't seem to be quite as convinced. Purichia isn't even listed in the Rivals.com or Scout.com databases.

The only recruiting service which does have a record for Purichia notes that he has received slight interest from Ball State and Illinois State, but categorizes their interest in the senior as "cool".

That's outright mystifying for a quarterback who has built up a stronger resume of efficient stats than any other in Indiana history. You can see some of Purichia's best moments in the video above and decide for yourself whether he's an overlooked teen passer like Joe Flacco or Ben Roethlisberger.

Even if he isn't, it seems hard to believe that a quarterback who has thrown for 131 touchdowns and only 21 interceptions across four high school seasons isn't an upgrade for some squad in the bowl subdivision. Only time will tell if some school feels that way, too.

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