Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Purdue Recruiting

Today we will step away from the Combine for a bit and take a look at another Big Ten recruiting class. The Purdue Boilermakers were only able to land one four star recruit, but they made up for it by nabbing six three star athletes. This was good enough to place them eighth in my Big Ten recruiting rankings above Iowa, Indiana, and Northwestern.

The focus for Purdue during this recruiting season was on the defensive side of the ball. They landed 11 defensive players and nine offensive recruits. It wasn’t hard to see what holes the Boilermakers were trying to fix as they signed five defensive tackle recruits along with one defensive end. One of the DT was the 6’2” Eric McDaniel. McDaniel was the Boilermaker’s highest ranked recruit grading out at a 79/100 on ESPN’s scale. McDaniel was also ranked as the 26th best defensive tackle in the nation.

Purdue’s second highest recruit was also on the defensive side of the ball. Antwon Higgs is a 6’2” 243 pound linebacker out of Pompano Beach, Florida. Higgs runs a 4.93 forty yard dash and according to scout.com, the Boilermakers may look to move Higgs to defensive end. This would add even more depth on Purdue’s defensive line.

The final recruit that we’ll take a deeper look at is tight end Gabe Holmes. Holmes has the type of size that will have Purdue coaches drooling over his potential in their pass-happy offense. Holmes checks in at 6’6” and 210 pounds. According to scout.com, Holmes grew up playing basketball and didn’t start to play football until his sophomore year in high school. Which means there still could be some untapped potential as Holmes continues to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of the game. Gabe was ranked as the 26th best tight end recruit in the nation and was also recruited by such schools as Florida State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, and South Florida. Holmes may need to add some bulk on his 210 pound frame, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him redshirt in 2009. But, he may be a name Big Ten fans become familiar with in the future.



All photos courtesy of scout.com

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