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4-star CB Dawayne Galloway commits to Purdue

Chad Simmons updated head shotby:Chad Simmons07/05/24

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Columbus Franklin four-star cornerback Dawayne Galloway has been wrestling with his college decision as Kentucky and Purdue continued to stand out in his recruitment. Both programs impressed the blue-chipper and provide plenty to offer at the next level.

There’s just something about the Boilermakers for Galloway, though. From head coach Ryan Walters and his staff to family ties and overall connections, Galloway sees his best fit in West Lafayette and announced his decision in favor of the Big Ten program on Friday.

“It was a very tough decision. Kentucky was on top for a long time, but after thinking things over this whole week, I decided it was Purdue,” Galloway told On3. “The relationship with staff was a big part of my decision. I am close to coach Walters and coach (Grant) O’Brien.”

Galloway is the cousin of current Boilermakers tight end Tayvion Galloway, who signed with the school last cycle. Dawayne has built solid relationships with many of the players in the program and is also relishing the chance of taking the field alongside family in the future.

“My connection with the players was big too. I get along very well with them. Then my cousin Tavion Galloway is there. We are very close and that helped Purdue,” Galloway said. “Overall, Purdue is just best for me. I love their style of defense, their player development, the academics and the overall program.”

Galloway was Purdue’s top priority in the secondary

Galloway found that home feeling in West Lafayette across the five visits he took throughout his recruitment. The people and the culture continued to standout as he searched for his home at the next level.

Coupling that with the bonds he’s built with Walters, O’Brien and the Purdue staff made the Boilermakers a tough out in the end. Galloway now headlines Purdue’s 2025 recruiting class.

“Me and coach O’Brien are very close. Since they offered, he has recruited me hard. He has texted me and called me almost every day. He shows love and always checks on me. I like coach Walters a lot too… He is a younger coach and he really vibes with his players. He has a great feel for his guys,” Galloway said.

“I called and gave them the news of my decision today. I talked to coach Walters and coach O’Brien. They were excited, I am a No. 1 priority for them. They only want one cornerback in this class and I am their guy.”

Galloway is the No. 149 overall prospect and No. 17 CB in the 2025 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also the No. 7 player in Ohio.