Purdue Football Recruiting: Where We Stand

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The Boilers now have 11 commits, compared to only 5 or 6 at the same time last year.

With the news coming this week of Markus Bailey committing, the excitement and momentum behind the 2015 class continues to build.  We have roughly 8 or 9 scholarships remaining to hand out.  I'd really like to see the coaching staff use those remaining spots to address some needs on the defensive line first and foremost, followed by some help at wide receiver and tight end, as well as another offensive lineman or two.

All that aside, we have twice the amount of commits this year that we did at the same time last year.  That's something to be optimistic about.  The coaching staff made a commitment this year to fill their needs before the fall semester, and so far they've done a pretty admirable job at doing just that.  Bottom line, we are at a much better position at this point than we were last year.  The coaching staff is using "#GoldRush15" as their bat-signal on twitter to indicate that a recruit has committed, which is pretty awesome.  We've also gone up 11 spots in the rankings on 247sports.com, all the way up to 51st nationally.  It's not exactly where we want to be, but it's a huge step in the right direction.

Here's a look at the updated scholarship grid:

Player ('14-'15) ('15-'16) ('16-'17) ('17-'18) ('18-'19)
Gabe Holmes Senior (5)
Charles Torwudzo Senior (5)
Justin Sinz 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)
Ian MacDougall Senior (5)
Akeem Hunt Senior
Brandon Cottom Senior
Raheem Mostert Senior
Jalani Phillips Senior
Taylor Richards Senior
Dolapo Macarthy Senior
Collin Link Senior
Shane Mikesky Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Robert Kugler Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Michael Rouse III Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Frankie Williams Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Danny Anthrop Junior Senior
Paul Griggs Junior Senior
Corey Clements Junior Senior
Thomas Meadows Junior Senior
Ryan Watson Junior Senior
David Hedelin Junior Senior
Anthony Brown Junior Senior
Austin Appleby Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Langston Newton Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Bilal Marshall Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Robert Gregory Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jonathan Curry Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
B.J. Knauf Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Cameron Posey 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
Dan Monteroso Sophomore Junior Senior
DeAngelo Yancey Sophomore Junior Senior
Ra'Zahn Howard Sophomore Junior Senior
Evan Panfil Sophomore Junior Senior
Jake Replogle Sophomore Junior Senior
Leroy Clark Sophomore Junior Senior
Austin Logan Sophomore Junior Senior
Da'Wan Hunte Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
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)
Garrett Hudson 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)
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
Will Colmery Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Ja'Whaun 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
D.J. Knox Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Bearooz Yacoobi Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Cedric Dale Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Elijah Sindelar Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Andy Chelf Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Robert Ennis Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Sawyer Dawson Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Richard Worship III Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tario Fuller Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Markell Jones Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Ben Makowksi Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Matt McCann Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Markus Bailey Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Wyatt Cook Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Total Scholarships Used 84 77 66 42 11
Total Scholarships Left 1 8 19 43 74

The grid above is still not concrete, but Purdue did finally release their 2014 official fall roster on the website, which helps considerably.  If you see an error or you think I left someone out, let me know and I'll look in to it.

Where do we stand in the B1G?

Our two July commits vaulted us out of last place (on 247sports.com) and into 13th, ahead of Minnesota and right on the heels of the powerhouse down in Bloomington.  I think we can pass IU (and hopefully Rutgers) before all is said and done.  Only five Big Ten teams remain without a 4-star recruit, and we are one of them.  I would not expect that to change.  For all of you that have been complaining about being left in the dust in terms of sheer numbers, the average number of commits for B1G teams for 2015 is about 12, and we now have 11.  It's pretty sobering to see that we are still ranked so low with all the recent excitement and action we've seen.  The coaching staff will still probably pick up another 2 or possibly 3 commits over the next two weeks.  After that, we will most likely not hear anything until November and December.

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