Matt Burke became the 15th member of the recruiting class of 2013 last night. He is the third member of a class that has been in flux ever since Danny Hope was fired in November. With two weeks to go before signing day that leaves roughly 5-7 spots open, depending on what offers are there.
I originally said there were 21 open scholarships for this class, but that changed when Kingley Ike left the program before the bowl game. That leaves 22 open spots after having one open spot last season and 20 seniors. Two of those scholarships may be spoken for with regular players Landon Feichter and Dolapo Macarthy playing big minutes as walk-ons. At least one of them will likely be awarded a scholarship, if not both.
So, I expect only about five more players at most to join. Here is the full list of those already committed:
As you can see, ESPN has this class decently rated with three four-star prospects. Rivals does not have Green and Clark as Four-stars, but it rates Polk as a two and Burke as a three. More importantly, Etling, Strauser, and Yancey have already signed and enrolled in spring semester classes. This means there is no danger of Etling being poached at the last minute and they can go through spring practice.
So who else does Purdue have a shot at? Well, there are two weekends left in the recruiting period and here is who has visited, yet are still undecided:
Dan Monteroso - WR - 6'3", 180 pounds - Monteroso is a big receiver Purdue has lacked since Chris Daniels was doing his thing. He visited this past weekend when Burke, miles, and Polk all committed, so they could have an influence on him. ESPN rates him as a three-star with good hands.
Nate Wozniak - TE - 6'8", 255 pounds - This three-star TE visited this past weekend and is a huge TE prospect from Center Grove. At 6'8" 255 he could be a big target or he could bulk up and become a massive offensive tackle. He has only visited Purdue and Miami (FL). State of the U thinks he is a heavy Purdue lean.
James Clark - WR - 5'11", 170 pounds - Clark is a 4-star receiver from New Smyrna Beach, FL that visited back in October. We have an in on him because he went to the same high school as kick returner and speed merchant Raheem Mostert. His official visit list includes Northwestern, Nebraska, Clemson, and Florida, with Florida getting a last look this coming weekend.
Lamar Robbins - DB - 6'3", 188 pounds - Robbins is a borderline four-star guy (four by rivals, three by ESPN) that also visited in October and was another Florida guy Danny Hope was after. He has visited West Virginia and Oklahoma with South Florida coming up. At 6'3" he is huge for a cornerback.
Lorenzo Woodley - RB - 6', 210 pounds - There are already two running backs in this class with Green and Yancey, but with Ralph Bolden and Akeem Shavers gone there could be a place for Woodley. He has only visited Purdue and Cincinnati, but He has a nice range of offers including three from SEC schools. He visited in November from Christopher Columbus High in Miami.