It’s been a good summer for Purdue football recruiting as the Boilermakers have landed seven of their nine verbal commits since the end of June.
QB Danny Etling gave Purdue his commitment over an offer from Iowa.
Looking to take a full class, Coach Danny Hope and his staff have already scored several pledges at key positions and are in on many more prospects at the top of their board.
A look at Purdue’s recruiting class now and moving forward.
-At quarterback, the Boilermakers have the top-signal caller in the state on board in Terre Haute (Ind.) South standout Danny Etling. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Etling has really made a name for himself this spring and summer, performing well at both the Ohio and Illinois Nike Football Training Camps, as well as the Texas and Ohio Elite 11 regionals in earning an invite to the Elite 11 national event held in Redondo Beach, Calif., earlier this month.
-Last week, Purdue got a big verbal from Keyante Green, as the former UCLA pledge flipped for the Boilermakers following a visit to the West Lafayette campus. Boston College, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech had also extended a scholarship to the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Green, who as a junior rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns for McDonough (Ga.) Eagle’s Landing Christian despite missing five games with an injury.
-Saint John (Ind.) Lake Central athlete David Yancey is top-ranked offensive skill player in the state according to 247Sports, and the outstanding playmaker will be able to do a lot of things in Purdue’s offense. A high school quarterback, Yancey will play tailback for the Boilermakers but is also capable of lining up in the slot, taking a few snaps at wildcat, and being a factor in both the run and passing game. The Duneland Conference MVP last fall, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Yancey rushed for 2,130 yards and 27 touchdowns.
-Purdue is still looking to add a halfback and fullback in this recruiting class. Four-star all-purpose back Laray Smith of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Xaverian is the top target on the board and remains in touch with the Boilermakers staff.
-Arlington (Texas) Grace Christian receiver Myles Norwood was an under-the-radar prospect Purdue uncovered. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Norwood dominates a lower level of competition and can score from anywhere on the field. He caught 47 passes for 1,010 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior in earning first-team All-State and All-District honors.
Four-star Laray Smith is the top RB remaining on Purdue's board.
-One or two offensive linemen is the aim for Purdue and currently none are in the boat. Atlanta (Ga.) Senior Academy’s Delando Crooks is expected on a visit in the near future. Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes offensive guard Caleb Benenoch is another top target. Chicago (Ill.) Simeon’s Kendall Moore is a prospect that was possibly close to committing earlier this summer.
-Like running back, defensive line was a big need in this class and Purdue is doing a fine job of addressing it. Former Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern standout and Arizona Western College defensive end Randy Gregory will come in ready to play. Dayton (Ohio) Centerville’s Jake Replogle is a versatile defensive lineman while Hazel Green (Ala.) High’s Parker Cothren will start out at the three technique but could also move to offensive line. Defensive end Johnny Thompson of Winder (Ga.) Apalachee projects as an outside linebacker in the Boilermakers scheme, while John Strauser reminds some in West Lafayette of former Purdue defensive tackle Craig Terrill, who went on to play seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.
-Purdue isn’t done across the defensive front and are still recruiting defensive tackle Hunter Knighton from Princeton (N.J.) Hun School and defensive end Eric Mayes from Sarasota (Fla.) Booker. Chicago Julian defensive end Khairi Bailey has the Boilermakers in his top two with Iowa State. Defensive end Rakim Peters, a teammate of Thompson’s at Winder (Ga.) Apalachee, is scheduled to visit campus on Thursday.
-Ole Miss commit Antonio Allen recently reached out to Purdue and the Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis safety still has some interest in the in-state Boilermakers. Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State University School safety Austin Logan is another prospect high on the board. Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic athlete Brisly Estime was once committed to Purdue and remains a top target. Miami (Fla.) Archbishop Carroll athlete Leroy Clark continues to call on a weekly basis.
-Purdue is expressing interest in Penn State cornerback commit Neiko Robinson and could offer soon.