2014 Purdue Football Recruiting: Tim Cason And Simmie Cobbs Commit

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Purdue grabs two new commitments for the football class of 2014.

In the treatise I wrote last week I noted that Purdue needed help at safety. Logan Link, Landon Feichter, and Frank Duong are good guys and tough players, but when your starting safety is a walk-on more often than not your defense is going to struggle in the Big Ten.

Enter Purdue's newest recruit. Last night, as I was flying home, Darrell Hazell picked up his ninth commit for the 2014 class in defensive back Tim Cason. This afternoon it looks like he got commitment No. 10 with Simmie Cobbs getting offered a scholarship and likely committing according to GBI:

"I'm going to talk with my family when I get home," Cobbs said, "but I think I will."

First, here are the composite rankings of Purdue's class as it stands right now:

Player

Rivals

ESPN

Scout

Kirk Barron - OL

2-star

3-star

3-star

David Blough - QB

3-star

3-star

3-star

Trae Hart - WR

2-star

3-star

3-star

Austin McGehee - P

2-star

3-star

3-star

Gregory Phillips - WR

2-star

3-star

2-star

Gelen Robinson - LB

4-star

3-star

3-star

Denzel Ward - OL

3-star

3-star

3-star

Drue Tranquill - DB

3-star

3-star

4-star

Tim Cason - DB

3-star

unranked

3-star

Simmie Cobbs - WR

unranked

unranked

unranked

Next, let's learn a little more about the new guys.

Cason is a very promising safety that measures out at 6' and 179 pounds. He hails from Clarkston, Michigan. He only had officials offers from other MAC schools, but Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Michigan State, Missouri, and Ohio State were major programs that were sniffing around for him. Here is his ESPN video:



Cason lines up at receiver for Clarkston, which will help with his pass coverage skills and tracking the ball in the air. He has some good size, but his speed rates relatively average. He can likely play either corner or safety, but with his average speed I can see him more as a safety. I am not sure if he is a definite first-year contributor, but given the current state of Purdue's defense he is at least going to get a look. Depending on how he finishes this season some of the bigger programs will try to come after him like ND is coming after Tranquill.

For Cobbs, he is a tall, lanky receiver at 6'4" 207 pounds that could move to tight end as a pass catcher because of his height. Purdue was his first offer out of Oak park River Forest in Illinois. Northern Illinois, Iowa State, Indiana, and Illinois are showing interest as well.

Here are his 7-on-7 highlights:


This is the third receiver in the 2014 class, joining Gregory Phillips and Trae Hart. Don't forget that Purdue currently has a wealth of freshmen receivers too, meaning this will be quite a bit of depth at the position. His height is a great advantage and it looks like he has good hands from the video.

The commitments of Cobbs and Cason give Purdue nine remaining scholarships:

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Player

('13-'14)

('14-'15)

('15-'16)

('16-'17)

('17-'18)

Rob Henry

Senior (5)

Gary Bush

Senior

Sterling Carter

Senior (5)

Gabe Holmes

Senior (injured, has RS available)

(may possibly return for 5th season due to injury)

Trevor Foy

Senior (5)

Justin Kitchens

Senior (5)

Kevin Pamphile

Senior (5)

Cody Davis

Senior (5)

Devin Smith

Senior

Cody Webster

Senior

Bruce Gaston

Senior

Ryan Isaac

Senior

Eric McDaniel

Senior (5)

Greg Latta

Senior

Will Lucas

Senior

Ruben Ibarra

Senior

Ricardo Allen

Senior

Normondo Harris

Senior

Akeem Hunt

Junior

Senior

Brandon Cottom

Junior

Senior

Raheem Mostert

Junior

Senior

Charles Torwudzo

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Justin Sinz

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Josh Davis

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jack DeBoef

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jesse Schmitt

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jalani Phillips

Junior

Senior

Ryan Russell

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Sean Robinson

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Joe Gilliam

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Antoine Lewis

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Landon Feichter

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

E.J. Johnson

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Taylor Richards

Junior

Senior

Danny Anthrop

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Dolapo Macarthy

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Shane Mikesky

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Robert Kugler

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Paul Griggs

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Thomas Meadows

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Michael Rouse III

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Ryan Watson

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Armstead Williams

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Frankie Williams

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Anthony Brown

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Austin Appleby

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Bilal Marshall

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Robert Gregory

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jonathon Curry

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Aloyis Gray

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

B.J. Knauf

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Cameron Posey

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jordan Woods

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Carlos Carvajal

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Ryan Morris

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Cameron Cermin

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

J.J. Prince

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Joey Warburg

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jason King

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jordan Roos

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Andy Garcia

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jimmy Herman

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Danny Etling

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Keith Byars II

Redshirt (likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Dayln Dawkins

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Keyante Green

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

David Yancey

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Dan Monteroso

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Myles Norwood

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

DeAngelo Yancey

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Matt Burke

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jason Tretter

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Johnny Daniels

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

RaZahn Howard

Redshirt (possible)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Antoine Miles

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Evan Panfil

Redshirt (possible)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jake Replogle

Redshirt (possible)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5

John Strauser

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Johnny Thompson

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Danny Ezechukwu

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Dezwan Polk

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Da'Wan Hunte

Redshirt (Likely)

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Leroy Clark

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Austin Logan

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Kirk Barron

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

David Blough

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Trae Hart

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Austin McGehee

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Gregory Phillips

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Gelen Robinson

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Denzel Ward

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Drue Tranquill

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Tim Cason

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Simmie Cobbs

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Total Scholarships Used

84

76

60

49

26

Total Scholarships Left

1

9

25

36

59

I think Purdue goes heavy on defense the rest of the way. The Boilers have a quarterback, three receivers, a punter and two offensive linemen with a defense that desperately needs linebackers and safeties.

UPDATE: I have gone through and projected possible and likely redshirts for the current true freshmen and how that will impact the chart going forward.

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