We have roughly 24 hours before the frenzy of signing day begins and Purdue's class continues to be in flux. Purdue currently sits at 19 commitments, and by my tracking right at the scholarship limit of 85. Since there still could be a player or two added to the class that tells me the coaching staff knows of a departure or two. The most likely candidates are:
Taylor Richards - Purdue's starting safety got himself a DWI in the offseason and is indefinitely suspended at the moment. I would say he is the most "in flux" of any returning player.
Jordan Woods - Woods was also suspended when B.J. Knauf was suspended after their trip to Kohl's. Woods had the longer suspension and did not play at all. He would be a redshirt sophomore this fall, but has yet to play at Purdue at all.
Langston Newton - I have not been counting Newton against the limit, but he is an incoming transfer from Kentucky that could be eligible immediately. He is an in-state kid from Carmel, so his tuition would be much less if he has to pay his own way.
There could be other transfers as well, but we'll see. As far as the eve of signing day goes, here are some updates:
- Simmie Cobbs, a 3-star athlete from Illinois, has switched from Purdue's class to Indiana. Cobbs apparently wanted to play offense while Purdue wanted him on defense. I can't say it is a good thing that we lost a potential 6'4" defensive back.
- Poona Ford will announce his commitment tomorrow at 12:30 on ESPNU. He would be Purdue's highest rated commitment in the class, and we're going against Missouri and Texas. Chris Emma of Fox Sports thinks Purdue has a really good shot.
- Ashton Jackson and Avonte Maddox are listed as possible late commits according to Testudo Times, who has an excellent Big Ten roundup. Jackson is a three-star running back with some medium interest around the nation. Maddox is a 3-star athlete that is currently with Pittsburgh, but may not be solid with them.
- LaDarius Wiley has decommited. Wiley was a 6'1" safety from California that could have been in line for immediate playing time. He may be headed to Vanderbilt, but could still sign with Purdue.
- David Blough and Kirk Barron are locked in. Both guys graduated early and have already started classes at Purdue so they can go through spring practice.