With Darrell Hazell taking over and things beginning to settle down in terms of attrition on the recruiting front I thought I would take a look at where the boilers were in terms of the 2013 class. I did this a few months ago before Danny Hope was fired and we added Leroy Clark as the first "get" of the Darrell Hazell era. Much has changed.
First, and extra scholarship opened up when it was announced that Kingsley Ike had left the program. Ike was redshirtting this season and was one of 18 players on the current roster that would have had four years of eligibility remaining during the 2013 season. That leaves the following:
2013 seniors on scholarship - 21
2014 seniors on scholarship - 15
2015 seniors on scholarship - 10
2016 seniors on scholarship - 17
Total Scholarships used - 63
This gives Purdue some room for 22 players as incoming freshmen next fall. There will likely be some play in there as well. Three players are currently playing large roles as walk-ons that could get awarded a scholarship. Sam McCartney and Dolapo Macarthy were each redshirt freshmen and have three years left, while starting safety Landon Feichter led the Big Ten in interceptions and is a walk-on. I think it is a pretty safe bet at least Feichter and Macarthy will go on scholarship if there are two spots open.
Currently, the 2013 class is as follows:
Player Pos. Rating (ESPN)
Danny Etling QB
Keyante Green RB
Leroy Clark DB
Dwayne Johnson OL
Austin Logan S
Ra'Zahn Howard DT
Myles Norwood WR
Danny Ezechukwu DE
John Strauser DE
Jake Replogle DE
David Yancey ATH
Overall it is a very good class, at least by Purdue standards, with three four-star recruits per ESPN. The 12 commitments seem to be pretty strong, though Norwood is a bit of a question mark:
"I'm still committed to Purdue but I'm still tossing around the idea of two possible visits ," the 6-2 receiver told The Black Hammer. "Just not sure, yet."
He didn't mention any specific schools he'd be interested in visiting.
Of course, any time a player thinks about visiting another school it makes them a danger to leave. Fortunately, Etling has gone on record that he is coming, Clark committed after the coaching change, and Green seems pretty strong as the big three of the class.
For the other 10 spots it appears one might be taken. ESPN has Tyvel Jemison, a two-star safety at Fort Wayne Luers who has won four straight Class 2A state titles, listed as a Purdue commit since December 10. It looks as if this is a pretty solid commitment too:
Following in the footsteps of Fort Wayne standouts Anthony Spencer and Bernard Pollard Bishop Luers senior Tyvel Jemison is heading to West Lafayette to play football for the Boilermakers.
Jemison announced his decision to verbally commit to Purdue on Monday.
A standout defensive back, Jemison is the second recruit to verbally commit to Purdue since new head coach Darrell Hazell was hired last week.
Jemison is a 5'10" 180 pound safety that is a winner. His teams went 48-11 in his four years at Luers and, as mentioned, they won the state championship all four seasons. Here is some video:
With Jemison's commitment that leaves nine open scholarship spots. Here are some of the top targets:
Sam Lebbie - Lebbie is a 3-star linebacker at Atlanta Sports Academy with current commit Ra'Zahn Howard. He is hoping to enroll in January if the grads come through for him, which would allow him to jump into spring practice and still redshirt if needed. This is the route that Will Lucas took and it worked out well. He formerly signed with West Virginia before going the prep school route. He has to wait for his fall grades to come through, however. In GBI's post on him it mentions that Howard, Etling, Yancey, and Strauser would all be enrolling in January.
Boaz Joseph - Joseph is a 6'1" 190 pound cornerback from Cypress Bay High in Florida that Purdue was going after hard. He is rated as a three-star prospect with a hell of an offer list. His only official visit was at Purdue for the Michigan game, so hopefully the game itself had no influence on him.
Justin Williams - Williams is another 3-star defensive back that had three finalists: Purdue, Michigan State, and Cincinnati. Do the Spartans have an edge now that Purdue and Cincy have changed coaches? Who knows. He is another 6'1" Florida DB (safety) that could come in at a position of need and play immediately.
James Quick - The 6' 180 pound four-star receiver visited Purdue in October and the Boilers are still in the running. He has only visited Ohio State and Louisville as far as other officials visits go.
Ryan Timmons - Timmons is listed as a 4-star athlete from Franklin County, Kentucky. He visited Purdue in early November and plans to visit Ohio State in January.
Lamar Robbins - Robbins is another Florida cornerback (you can never have too many) that visited in October. The four-star corner has also visited West Virginia and Oklahoma.
Lonnie Johnson - Johnson is a rising 6'3" big receiver that Purdue could definitely use. He isn't rated yet, but he's getting a lot of interest from Ohio State, Purdue, and Notre Dame. He is a 2014 guy.
Getting all of these guys would be a huge upset. Getting one or two more of the four-star guys would be nice. I am sure coach Hazell will land someone once the non-contact period is over, but with three four-star commits this is already a solid class. It is only going to get better.