Ryan Walters and the Boilermakers have added another member to their 2023 recruiting class in walk-on linebacker Joey Sumlin. Sumlin announced his commitment Friday afternoon via Twitter.
Sumlin was originally a class of 2022 recruit from Tucson, Arizona, but decided to take a sophomore year at IMG Academy this past season. During his high school career at Salpointe Catholic, Sumlin totaled 116 tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in two years at the varsity level. As a senior, he also added an interception from his linebacker position.
Last season at IMG, Sumlin was teammates with another Purdue recruit, offensive lineman Jimmy Liston.
Sumlin is a legacy recruit, as his father, Kevin, suited up for the Boilermakers from 1983–1986. As a senior linebacker, Kevin Sumlin earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after recording 114 tackles for the Boilermakers.
Since leaving Purdue, Kevin has spent time in the coaching ranks with several programs, including being the head coach of Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona. In February, he became the associate head coach, co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for Maryland.
At 6’0″ and 230 pounds, Sumlin could join the inside linebackers group for the Boilermakers next season.