The news continues to be good as Darrell Hazell has closed two more deals this weekend when it comes to Purdue's 2013 recruiting class. It is now 20 players strong with only 1-2 spots left depending on who returns and such. It could be less than that if Dolapo Macarthy and Landon Feichter are added to the official scholarship limit.
Purdue locked up two more players today in 6'5", 250 pound defensive tackle Johnny Daniels from Chicago's Foreman High School and linebacker Garrett Hudson from North Florida Christian High in Tallahassee, Florida. Hudson played against Boilermaker commit Austin Logan earlier this season, and the two are from the same home town.
First, let's look at Daniels.
Daniels played on a Foreman team that finished 7-2 after losing in the first round of the Illinois state tournament. Daniels was very active at 10.8 tackles per game while also playing on the offensive line and serving as the team's long snapper. Since he is projecting as a defensive tackle I think he is almost certainly headed for a redshirt. Most recruiting services have yet to rate him. Once again, Hudl has some excellent highlights posted from almost every game this past year.
Hudson was a very easy recruitment. He is the son of new defensive coordinator Greg Hudson. Had Hudson stayed at Florida State it is likely he was going to play there, but he comes to us as a 6'3" 235 pound linebacker. He played tight end, fullback, and linebacker at North Florida Christian, but we recruited him as a linebacker. There isn't much else out there on him, but you know as a coach's son he's at least been learning the fundamentals for awhile.
Here is the updated list of current commits with their ratings:
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Also of note, Purdue is allegedly the leader for defensive back Shon Akins, who recently backed out of a commitment to California:
The 5'9", 165 pound corner from Norcross, Georgia was Cal's first 2013 commitment back in April 2012, and had a very strong season, recording 91 total tackles and 19 passes defensed. His team went 15-0 in 2012 and eventually took home the Georgia 6A state title, but Akins was a clear standout, and was named to the Georgia Sports Writers Association's All-State Team for his efforts.