Bryon Threats has verbally committed to Purdue. We had the chance to talk to Bryon just prior to his official announcement. Threats is a class of 2021 5’10” 200 lbs 3* ATH from Dublin, Ohio just outside of Columbus.
When asked about what this commitment means to him, Threats said “It means a lot to me and my Family. This is something I’ve been waiting on this day for 15yrs and I’ll be the first one out of my moms kids to go to college.”
We asked Threats what ultimately sold him on Purdue and he said “Coaches. The energy from the coaches. I know a couple players that go there and they told me it’s awesome. The facility is awesome, I loved the facility.”
Threats was able to take an unofficial visit to Purdue back in March prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, so we asked if the shutdown of recruitment by the NCAA had any part in decision, he said “Kinda, but not really. I was waiting on that offer, and once I got it It was great because I wanna go to school for engineering too.” We followed up about waiting for that offer and he indicated that Purdue has a program he targeted because of both the football program and the engineering school. In terms of specific engineering disciplines, Threats wants to work in some kind 3D Designing when he gets to college.
In terms of what he brings to the table, Threats said “I feel Like they already have the energy, But what I’m bringing I feel is Swagger, Confidence, and Some Cockiness, even though all the coaches have it bringing energy.”
In terms of on the field abilities, Threats said “My strengths are my playmaking ability, and my confidence. I watch a lot of film so that’s what helps me build confidence on the field. The things I need to work on is my speed, and aggressiveness!”
Purdue indicated to Threats that he would come into Purdue as a pure Athlete, in this case it would most likely mean Running Back or Defensive Back. Based on his film tape I definitely thinks he has what it takes to play either position at the next level.
Breaking down the Tape: There is a lot to like here on both sides of the ball, but one of the traits that sticks out the most to me that applies on both sides of the ball is his vision. As a ball carrier Threats seems to always have his head up and reading the defense looking to make a jump cut, or cut-back. That is high level technique displayed right there. On the other side of the ball the vision is key in the secondary, especially for tacking down ball carriers and evading blockers.
On the offensive side of the ball, Threats is tough to tackle and runs through arm tackles and seems to rarely ever go down on first contact. That is a natural skill that is very tough to teach and in some backs it is something that can never be fully taught. Combine the vision and the ability to break tackles and you get open field, and Threats has solid speed in that area. Some additional work on that open field speed and Threats can be a major… Threat (sorry had to do it) at the next level.
On the defensive side of the ball, Threats is a hard hitter and has really solid footwork in coverage. Being a ball carrier and receiver, he has above average hands, which is quite the luxury in some cases.
Overall, flexibility to use Threats on either side of the ball is extremely valuable to Purdue in this class because of a potentially smaller recruiting class this year. Based off his tape I think Threats might be a slightly underrated recruit and could see a bump in the future prior to the final recruiting rankings for the class. Regardless, this was a really nice get for the Purdue football staff as Purdue’s 2021 class rises to 5 commitments.