So far the football class of 2014 only has two commitments, both two-star wide receivers that are primarily shorter, speed guys in Trae Hart and Gregory Phillips. To make the situation more confusing Brandon Garner, a player who was offered by the Hope regime and committed prior to his departure, is still committed per his Twitter profile, but he is not considered a commitment according to any recruiting service. Your guess is as good as mine there.
Purdue's skills camps were this week and it appears as if the Boilers made some major headway on multiple recruits:
Gelen Robinson - DE - St. John, IN (Lake Central) - If this name is a familiar one it should be. This is Glenn Robinson's other son and the younger brother of Michigan basketball star Glenn Robinson III. He is a 4-star rated defensive end at 6'1", 231 pounds that was also an undefeated state champion in wrestling this past school year. He has a former HS teammate already on the team in David Yancey and, of course, he is the son of possibly the best basketball player we have ever had.
Coach Hazell is after him big time:
"Coach sees me more as a middle linebacker," he said. "I'm looking to play linebacker in college. Either way, whether it's linebacker or defensive end, outside linebacker, inside linebacker I'm comfortable with all of them and I wouldn't have a problem playing any position."
WE NEED MIDDLE LINEBACKERS! My goodness, do we ever need an impact player at linebacker, which has been deficient for years. Purdue is listed as the only one with high interest on Rivals and he holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota. This needs to be a slam dunk of a commitment.
David Blough - QB - Carrollton, TX (Creekview) - Blough is the top QB target in the class and is a 3-star pro-style QB from Carrollton, Texas. SBNation has already done a profile on him, calling him under-recruited. This is good, because we appear to be the leader for his services and he could commit as soon as this weekend:
An above-average athlete for the position, Blough doesn't project as a running quarterback at the college level, but he can make some plays with his feet and appears comfortable throwing on the run, in large part because he does a strong job of making sure that he is square to the line of scrimmage when he throws. On the move, Blough keeps his eyes downfield to make plays before pulling the ball down to run.
Blough was offered in May and he will be visiting the Elite camp this weekend, where a commitment is possible.
Poona Ford - DT - Hilton Head, SC (Hilton Head) - Robinson needs some inside beef if he commits as a defensive end or linebacker, and Ford could be that player. Ford is a recent visitor to Purdue as a 3-star defensive tackle. Listed at 6'1" 288 pounds he is a big boy that has a huge list of offers. Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville, Kansas State, and Arkansas are just a few of the schools after him.
ESPN rates Ford as a 4-star prospect with strength as an attribute. He earned an offer just this past week, making him a relatively new target.
Trent Sherfield - CB - Danville, IL (Danville) - Stuck at almost the midway point between West Lafayette and Champaign, Sherfield hails from nearby Danville, Illinois and could be a replacement for Ricardo Allen. He has been offered by the Fighting Illini and was offered by Purdue just this week. Rivals rates him as the 26th best CB in the nation and his proximity to Purdue has to be a plus.
Denzel Ward - OT - Bradenton, FL (IMG Academy) - I like that coach Hazell is going after the lines, and this would be a huge get if coach Hazell can land him. Ward is a massive 6'8" 307 pound offensive tackle that recent nailed down a top five:
My top four schools are Florida, Purdue, Oklahoma and Ohio State. #believe— Dee Ward (@_DW75) June 11, 2013
Purdue almost looks like a "Which of these schools does not belong" here, but he is a weekend visitor this week.
Dcota Dixon - CB - New Smyrna Beach, FL (New Smyrna Beach) - Another three-star cornerback, Purdue has an in here. He is a former HS teammate of Raheem Mostert, who hosted him this past week. Dixon is getting interested from a lot of programs with offers from Louisville, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia. The connection with Mostert give Purdue some traction, however.
Terry McLaurin - WR- Indianapolis, IN (Cathedral) - Purdue simply needs to keep what precious little talent Indiana has to offer in-state, and McLaurin is no different. He plays for state power Cathedral and recent drew a large number of eyeballs with his performance at Ohio State's camp:
One of those prospects was Indianapolis, Indiana native and Cathedral star wide receiver Terry McLaurin. The 6-0 190 pounder racked up 820 receiving yards on 33 receptions for 12 touchdowns last season as a junior. McLaurin also showed he was a big time threat on special teams by returning two punts to pay dirt. All his work didn't go unnoticed; programs such as Purdue, Missouri, Boston College, Cincinnati and quite a few others all sent full ride scholarship offers his way.
That's all for now. Here's hoping some of these guys jump on board this weekend.