2014 Purdue Football Recruiting: Dexter Knox And Chris Jones Commit

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Purdue adds a running back and a cornerback as the class of 2014 is almost full.

Well, that didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after losing one of the top-rated recruits in the 2014 class with Denzel Ward decommitting Purdue picked up the 16th commitment of 2014, again and later added a 17th.

Dexter Knox, a 5'9" 200 pound running back from Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia became the latest commitment. He is very much an unknown player. He has not been rated yet by Rivals, Scout, or ESPN. He did, however, have a huge game in the Georgia Class 5A state championship:

Knox finished with 164 yards on 25 carries and scored on runs of 22, 16, 7, 3 and 1 yards as Creekside dashed the hopes of Tucker (14-1) for a third state championship in six seasons.

Most of what I could find on Knox was mostly message board chatter from Auburn, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt boards. No one was really sure why he wasn't gaining a ton of interest from people. A few of his TD runs from the state championship game are up on YoutTube. It sounds like this could be a diamond in the rough type of player.

The second player Purdue grabbed on Tuesday was another defensive back, this time it was Chris Jones form Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Jones is a 2-star according to Scout, a three-star on ESPN, and a three-star on Rivals. Jones is a bit more known than Knox, as he had offers from Indiana, and South Florida among his best. He is listed as another big corner at 6'175. He originally was with South Florida, but switched to Purdue today. According to ESPN he is the fifth D1 played on this year's Sandalwood team that lost to Lake Mary in the Florida Class 8A playoffs.

Overall, the commitments don't raise Purdue much. In fact, Purdue dropped slightly after losing Ward:

Player

Rivals

ESPN

Scout

Kirk Barron

2-star

3-star

3-star

David Blough

3-star

3-star

3-star

Trae Hart

2-star

3-star

3-star

Austin McGehee

2-star

3-star

3-star

Gregory Phillips

2-star

3-star

2-star

Gelen Robinson

4-star

3-star

3-star

Tim Cason

3-star

3-star

3-star

Keiwan Jones

2-star

unranked

2-star

Simmie Cobbs

3-star

3-star

2-star

Brandon Roberts

2-star

3-star

3-star

Jawhaun Bentley

3-star

3-star

3-star

Martesse Patterson

2-star

3-star

3-star

Will Colmery

3-star

3-star

2-star

Juan Jenkins

3-star

3-star

2-star

Cole Herdman

2-star

unranked

unranked

Dexter Knox

unranked

unranked

unranked

Chris Jones

3-star

3-star

2-star

CLASS RANK

60th Nationally, 11th of 14 in B1G

Not in top 40 Nationally

65th Nationally, 13th of 14 in B1G

In the Rivals rankings Purdue is ahead of Illinois, Minnesota, and Indiana in the new 14 team Big Ten, but the class is not far behind Northwestern, Iowa, and Maryland, who are all between 50 and 60.

As the grid below shows, Purdue is down to one scholarship left unless a scholarship player on the current roster with remaining eligibility does not return:

Player

('14-'15)

('15-'16)

('16-'17)

('17-'18)

Gabe Holmes

Senior (5)

Akeem Hunt

Senior

Brandon Cottom

Senior

Raheem Mostert

Senior

Jalani Phillips

Senior

Taylor Richards

Senior

Charles Torwudzo

Senior (5)

Justin Sinz

Senior (5)

Josh Davis

Senior (5)

Jack DeBoef

Senior (5)

Jesse Schmitt

Senior (5)

Ryan Russell

Senior (5)

Sean Robinson

Senior (5)

Joe Gilliam

Senior (5)

Antoine Lewis

Senior (5)

Landon Feichter

Senior (5)

E.J. Johnson

Senior (5)

Danny Anthrop

Junior

Senior

Paul Griggs

Junior

Senior

Thomas Meadows

Junior

Senior

Ryan Watson

Junior

Senior

Anthony Brown

Junior

Senior

Dolapo Macarthy

Junior (RS)

Senior (RS)

Shane Mikesky

Junior (RS)

Senior (RS)

Robert Kugler

Junior (RS)

Senior (RS)

Michael Rouse III

Junior (RS)

Senior (RS)

Armstead Williams

Junior (RS)

Senior (RS)

Frankie Williams

Junior (RS)

Senior (RS)

Austin Appleby

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Bilal Marshall

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Robert Gregory

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jonathon Curry

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Aloyis Gray

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

B.J. Knauf

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Cameron Posey

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jordan Woods

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Carlos Carvajal

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Ryan Morris

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Cameron Cermin

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

J.J. Prince

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Joey Warburg

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jason King

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jordan Roos

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Andy Garcia

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jimmy Herman

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Danny Etling

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Dalyn Dawkins

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Dan Monteroso

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

DeAngelo Yancey

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

RaZahn Howard

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Evan Panfil

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Jake Replogle

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Leroy Clark

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Austin Logan

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Keith Byars II

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Keyante Green

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

David Yancey

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Myles Norwood

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Matt Burke

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jason Tretter

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Johnny Daniels

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Antoine Miles

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

John Strauser

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Johnny Thompson

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Danny Ezechukwu

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Dezwan Polk

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Da'Wan Hunte

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

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

Tim Cason

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Simmie Cobbs

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Will Colmery

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Jawhaun Bentley

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Keiwan Jones

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Brandon Roberts

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Juan Jenkins

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Martesse Patterson

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Cole Herdman

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Chris Jones

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Dexter Knox

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Total Scholarships Used

84

67

56

30

Total Scholarships Left

1

18

29

55

Note that next season there will be at least 30 scholarship players with freshman eligibility.

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