One player that has always stuck with me is Max Dedmond. Max was from the area of the state that had seen back to back Purdue quarterbacks hail from - Joey Elliott and Curtis Painter. What made Elliott particularly tough to stomach was the fact that, by all accounts, he grew up an Indiana fan attending Pancakes and Pigskins hosted by Coach Mallory. Max was the first to say "no" to the Boilers and to say he wanted to turn Indiana around in a number of years. However, a year earlier, in 2006, Greg Middleton flipped the apple cart by decommitting from Purdue and flipping to Indiana. Tiller was publicly embarrassed and angrily declared that he wasn't "losing kids to Indiana." The Middleton recruitment was a battle of he said she said. At that time, Purdue had gone 9-1 in the previous 10 years. Indiana, with Middleton, beat Purdue in 2007 to Play 13 and end our 14 year bowl hiatus. Dedmond signed the dotted line and was followed by many instate recruits since. In the 13 years since Middleton, Indiana leads the series with Purdue 7-6. Food for thought, and a reminder that you never know when one recruit can change the trajectory of a program and a rivalry. Thanks, Greg!