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Welcome To The Fold: Kingsley Ike

I'm not sure where Riley has been, but he's been slacking in his recruiting posts with the commitment of Kingsley Ike. As a result, he will be placed in a burlap sack and beaten with reeds for his largesse.

All kidding aside, we're in desperate need of a difference-maker at defensive end. Purdue's best defenses have had dominant defensive ends. We've sent a steady stream of them to the NFL from Rosevelt Colvin to Shaun Phillips, Akin Ayodele, Ray Edwards, Anthony Spencer, Cliff Avril, Rob Ninkovich, Mike Neal, and finally Ryan Kerrigan. We've got some solid prospects right now in Ryan Russell and Ryan Isaac. but we need to keep the cabinet well stocked.

Welcome Kingsley Ike, a thee-star defensive end commit from Pflugerville, TX. Ike is a bigger defensive end at 6'4" 220 pounds coming out of high school. Here are highlights from his junior year:

We need a guy like him that can fight through blocks and get into the backfield to cause havoc. Most of our D-ends are speed rushers, but Kerrigan was one of the first to add sheer brute strength that demanded a double team on every down. Ike could be that type of defender by the time he gets into a college weight room.

Ike did not have a ton of major offers. His only other BCS offer came from Iowa State. He also had an offer from Dartmouth, meaning he is a smart kid because not everyone gets an offer from an Ivy League school. We ended up winning him over Rice:

"Before my visit, I didn’t have any interest in Purdue," Ike said. "But that’s what visits are for. Now, I feel really strong about it. I liked the whole environment. The fan support is great, and they have really good facilities."

Welcome aboard, young man!