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December 16, 2013
After flirting with months with other schools and officially visiting South Florida this past weekend, long-time Purdue commitment Denzel Ward has apparently backed out of his Boilermaker pledge.
"Just decommitted from Purdue University, I appreciate Coach Hazell and what his staff has done for me it has meant a great deal. Best Wishes," the offensive tackle from Chicago tweeted Monday evening.
Prior to being committed to Purdue, Ward was committed to Michigan, which according to many reports walked away from him due to his continued flirtations with other schools.
Ward committed back in the summer and was outspoken about being firmly committed to the Boilermakers and wanting to lead the program's turnaround, going so far as to lead efforts early on to try to spread buzz on social media about Purdue to attract other players.
But over time, Ward continued to field interest from other programs and provide almost running play by play of other schools' pursuits on Twitter.
Ward's decommitment comes after a span of 24 hours in which the Boilermakers picked up three other commitments, and the deduction now runs its total to 15.
Syracuse, Oklahoma and UCLA were others who made runs at Ward while he was committed to Purdue, along with USF, which hosted him for a visit. Bulls director of player personnel Paul Gonnella was on staff at Purdue when the Boilermakers became the first school to offer him a scholarship.
Purdue almost certainly will not look to re-recruit Ward, who committed early on in part due to the presence of his cousin, Robert Gregory, in the program and the chance for immediate playing time.
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