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Purdue Football Recruiting: So, how did they do (extended version)

A look at the next generation of Purdue football stars previous two weeks of high school football.


ThelegendofShawnMcCarthy returns from his Mid-Term induced bye week to extoll the virtues of the fine young men slated to return Purdue to football glory.

Markus Bailey (LB/RB):

10/10: The multi talented Bailey has been seeing duty as both a running back and a linebacker this season. In Hilliard Davidson's 26-7 victory over Upper Arlington, it appears that Bailey's duties were cut in half, as he was featured solely as a running back. Davidson only threw 3 passes the entire game, so Bailey was needed to shoulder the load in the backfield. He led the Wildcats in rushing with 107 yards on 24 carries, as the Wildcats played an extended version of keep away for most of the game, nearly doubling up Upper Arlington in number of plays 60 - 34.

10/17: Bailey and Hilliard Davidson had a miserable night against Olentangy Liberty(Ol' n Tangy?) suffering a 0-21 shut out at the hands the tangiest team in Ohio. After moonlighting as the primary running back last week Bailey spent most of his time on defense this week. He had 1 carry for 30 yards and 2 tackles on the night, in what was, statistically speaking, his poorest showing of the season.

Tyshawn Brown (WR):

10/10: Bye

10/17: Mays bounced back from it's loss against Creekside in a big way, punishing winless Banneker 44-0. Brown put up 3 receptions for 6 yards in a game that saw Mays steamroll Banneker on the ground and spread the wealth through the air. Brown has struggled to find the explosiveness that made him a sought after recruit his junior year. To be fair, Mays tends to spread the ball around the their receivers when they do throw the ball, so he has limited opportunities to make plays. If he's going to make a statement his senior year, next week would be the week when Mays plays Carver in a battle of two premiere Georgia programs.

Andy Chelf (DB):

10/10: Carroll continued its undefeated season in style, shutting out Richland 38 - 0. Chelf once again led the Dragons in tackles with 10 (8 solo, 2 assisted, 1 TFL) and was solid in pass defense with 3 pass break ups. Chelf continues to impress for one of the top high school teams in the nation.

10/17: In a battle of two premiere undefeated Texas high school programs, Carroll outlasted Trinity 10-6 in a defensive struggle. Andy Chelf put up another monster game, recording 15 tackles (10 solo, 5 assisted). He added a pass breakup and three kick returns from for 42 yards. Carroll cracked the top 25 nationally with this big win. So, for the record, Purdue has a verbal commitment who is leading one of the top teams in the nation in tackles (11 pga) from the safety position and the kid is only a two star recruit. Makes sense. It looks like the Purdue staff has a solid nose for under rated talent.

Wyatt Cook(LB):

10/10: McDonogh showed why it is considered one of the best programs in Maryland and one of the top 100 programs in the nation with a 35-7 blowout of 13th ranked (in Maryland) Calvert Hall. Per usual, I can't find the McDonogh stats anywhere on the internet, but only giving up 7 points is a pretty good indicator the Cook, the leader of the Eagles defense, is doing well.

10/17: McDonogh improved its record to 5-2 for the year with a 38-13 victory over Loyola Blakefield. I can't find the stats (if anyone has a link to the McDonogh stats, please post it, I've put up 30 minutes of good searches trying to track them down) but I'm eager for Cook to join current Boilermaker and former Maryland high school player, JaWhaun Bentley. Help is on the way JaWhaun, just keep doing what you do.

Sawyer Dawson(LB):

10/10: Dawson's Plant City team dropped a heartbreaker to Tampa Bay Tech 15-17. The Plant City defense was able to contain 5* athlete/quarterback Deon Cain but the offense couldn't put enough points on the board to win the game. Dawson finished the game with 5 total tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted).

10/17: Once again, Plant City fell agonizingly short, losing to Spoto 27 - 28 on a blocked extra point. Dawson had a solid game recording 12 tackles (5 solo and 7 assisted). Plant City has lost 4 games this season, with a 4 point loss being the widest point margin. Dawson has got to feel a little snake bitten this year, as Plant City continues to find unique ways to lose football games.

Robert Ennis(RB): Ennis is suspend from the Millville team. His status as a Purdue recruit is currently unknown.

Tario Fuller (RB):

10/10: Fuller lead his upstart Lanier team to another surprising victory (I guess it's not so surprising anymore) over Gainesville 26 - 23. Fuller was the Lanier offense putting up 144 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown. While his stats aren't as eye popping as some of the Boilermaker running back recruits, Fuller is putting them up against significantly better competition. I personally think the Fuller could be the surprise in the recruiting class. All he does is lead his team to victory in close games against good competition.

10/17: Lanier maintained its unblemished record with a 49 - 20 victory over Heritage. Fuller got a break against overmatched Heritage after his 31 carry performance against Gainesville. He was limited to 51 yards on 7 carries, and caught one pass out of the backfield for 6 yards. Don't let the limited production discourage you, as Lanier spread the rushing load around in this game, with 7 different players registering at least one carry.

Markell Jones (RB):

10/10: My disappointment with Indiana High School football continues, as Columbus East destroyed the previously undefeated Jeffersonville 62-13 (Jeffersonville put up all 13 in the 4th quarter against Columbus East reserves). Markell Jones did what Markell Jones does, putting up 258 yards and 6 touchdowns on 22 carries. Jones is a man amongst boys on the football field, and has to be the frontrunner for Mr. Football in Indiana. It will be interesting to see if he ends up being a 4* recruit for Purdue. He has the stats, but will they be discounted because of the competition. All Jones can do is continue steamrolling everyone put in his path.

10/17: Bedford North Lawrence was the latest victim of the Columbus East Machine. Columbus East ripped apart Bedford North Lawrence to the tune of 63-7. Markell Jones continued to put up absurd numbers, this time putting up 292 yards and 4 touchdowns on only 15 carries (19.5 yards per carry). For those of you keeping score, Jones currently has 2328 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns on the year. He has only been held under 200 yards once, and that's because he only had 9 carries in a game that was decided in the 1st quarter.

Shelton Lewis (DB):

10/10: East River dropped a crucial game to Wekiva 26-22. If East River could kick the ball, they most likely would have secured the victory, but they can't, so they didn't. East River, like McDonogh, keep their stats super secret.

10/17: East River dropped another close game, this time losing 34-28 to Oak Ridge. Oak Ridge's star receiver had 10 catches for 271 yards and 2 touchdowns. Let's hope Lewis wasn't the player "covering" him. Once again, the stats for the game are not available.

Ben Makowski (Snapper/Indescribable Talent):

10/10: Makowski's undefeated Penn team destroyed South Bend Riley 70-0. Makowski's snapping was once again on display, but I have run out of words to describe it's greatness. You can try describe a sunset but words simply do not do it justice. Makowski's snapping falls into that category. Any attempt I make to describe his talent falls woefully short.

10/17: In their season ending rivalry game against Mishawaka, Makowski and Penn prevailed 21-12. Penn finished the regular season 9-0. A record befitting of Makowski.

Matt McCann(OT):

10/10:  Bishop Chatard and Matt McCann steamrolled Guerin Catholic 42-13. Bishop Chatard put up 495 total rushing yards on 63 carries. I'm assuming McCann left happy after getting to maul people all night long.

10/17: McCann's Bishop Chatard team racked up another victory, this time defeating Arsenal Tech 46 - 24. When Bishop Chatard wins, they win with the run game. The run game worked again against Tech, and McCann feasted heartily after another night of crushing weaklings.

Joe "The Show" Schopper(P):

10/10: Schopper and his Indianapolis Cathedral team defeated Hamilton Southestern 31 -17. No word on Schopper's performance, but if I had to guess, I would say, luscious.

10/17: In one of the most anticipated match-ups of the Indiana High School football season, Schooper and Cathedral fell to Center Grove 38-44. Center Grove got off to a sizzling start, going up 19-0 in the first quarter. The Irish came roaring back, but couldn't complete the comeback. Schopper had 4 punts with an average of 43 yards per punt...not too shabby.

Elijah Sindelar(QB):

10/10: Sindelar continued his assault on the record books, leading his Caldwell County team to a 48-12 victory over Green County. Sindelar had an off day by his standards, throwing for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns on 10-18 passing. Caldwell Country remains undefeated on the year.

10/17: Sindelar and Caldwell County ran into a team that played a little defense, as Murray made Caldwell County earn their 31-24 win. Sindelar set Caldwell County school records in completions and passing attempts in going 32-49 for 379 yards and 3 touchdown with 1 interception. Sindelar is now 4 touchdown passes short of the all time Kentucky state touchdown pass record currently held by Tim Couch.

Peyton Truitt (OT):

10/10: West Lafayette continued it's winning ways, defeating Culver Academies 55-14. West Lafayette put together a solid night on the ground, picking up 312 yards on 49 carries. It stands to reason that a large chunk of those yards were picked up running behind Truitt.

10/17: West Lafayette faced a stiff challenge from Lafayette Central Catholic, but prevailed 21-17. It was tough sledding on the ground for West Lafayette as they were only able to gain 228 yards on 63 carries. I'm willing to bet Truitt crushed a few kids on the way to the victory.

Ike Warren (DB):

10/10: Ike Warren and Tyler had to gut out a win against Lufkin 26-24. Tyler once again looks like it got caught looking ahead on the schedule, and Lufkin almost pulled off the upset. Warren had 3 tackles from the CB position.

10/17: Tyler fell to Ennis 27-30 in a battle for conference supremacy. Warren recorded 6 total tackles from his corner back position. In other news, Arizona St is trying to poach Warren from the Boilermakers and Warren is still waiting for his Texas offer. It's nice to have a kid that other teams want, but let's hope Purdue can hold onto Warren. It's going to be be a battle to the end.

Richard Worship (RB):

10/10: As Richard Worship goes, so goes Valley Forge. Luckily for Valley Forge, Worship went big against Brush in Valley Forge's 40-27 victory. How big did he go? Worship put up 285 yards and 6 touchdowns on 40 carries. Valley Forge is now 2-0 since Worship returned from his back injury, and if this performance is any indication, Worship is 100%

10/17: Valley Forge continued its hot streak with a 21 -7 victory over Cuyahoga Falls. I don't have the complete stats for this game yet, but I do know that Worship scored all three touchdowns for Valley Forge. Worship is the Valley Forge offense, and the Vally Forge offense has been pretty good recently.

Basketball Recruit:

Grant Weatherford:

10/10: Hamilton Heights defeated Western 42-12. It was once again the Grant Weatherford show, as the human swiss army knife had 7 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown, 5 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, 3 tackles, 2 interceptions (1 for a td), and 3 punt returns for 41 yards. In other words, he was kind of busy.

10/17: Hamilton Heights blanked Peru 40-0. Weatherford once again did his thing putting up 16 yards on two carries, 88 yards and a touchdown on 5 receptions, 4 tackles, a fumble recovery and 60 yard td return, a punt return for a yard. Now he just needs to convince his buddy Kyle Guy to forget about UVA and join him in Gold and Black.