Purdue added a surprise pickup in football this morning that could pay dividends during the 2014 football season. Langston Newton, a transfer from Kentucky, became a mid-year enrollee at Purdue and will go through spring practice with the Boilers. I don't know if he is officially going on scholarship because the scholarship situation is full as of right now. In fact, it is so full that one outgoing player who needs a credit to graduate had to stay on scholarship this semester and it prevented Tim Cason from enrolling early.
Newton may be eligible to play in 2014:
The school's compliance department is reviewing paperwork to determine if Newton will be eligible to play during the 2014 season.
Newton played in high school at Carmel where he graduated in 2012 after leading them to a 14-1 record and state championship in 2011. He is a 6'4" defensive end that was originally 3-star recruit that Purdue also recruited. ESPN had him as a high 3-star commit. His brother, Morgan Newton, was once Kentucky's quarterback and it... did not go well.
Newton did not play at all during his two years in Lexington, which probably helps his cause to play immediately. He would have three seasons of eligibility and given the sorry state of the Purdue defense, he very easily could start from day 1. Here are his full high school highlights. Hopefully hecan be an instant impact player because that is what we need.