Today was supposed to be a two player day, but coach Hazell recently announced that Juan Jenkins was a very likely academic casualty and would be off to either prep school or a junior college. This also means Purdue would have to re-recruit him if he is to end up in West Lafayette.
Fortunately, today's other player was going to end up in West Lafayette regardless.
Danny Anthrop - Jr.
West Lafayette, IN - (Central Catholic HS)
6', 191 pounds
2014 Projection: Contributor at wide receiver
Danny Anthrop is the rare recruited player that has his college closer to his home than his high school. As you know, his older brother was a four-year player on the basketball team, and he has a younger brother, Jackson, that is a promising football player already on Purdue's radar I am sure.
Danny is one of the most decorated players in Indiana HS football history. In his final three years from 2009-11, his team went 45-0 and wont here state championships in class A. He finished his career with an astounding 107 career touchdowns in a variety of ways. He had 54 rushing TDs, 39 receiving, seven on punt returns, four on interception returns, and three on kickoff returns. In his senior season he had 51 touchdowns in 15 games. The guy practically set up a home in the end zone. For good measure he also won a pair of baseball state championships and was fourth in the state as a senior in the 100 meters.
Since coming to Purdue he has been a pretty regular contributor. He played primarily special teams as a true freshman but still had seven carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. He also caught one pass for a 25 yard score. He was named the team's special teams MVP in the process. Last season he was much more involved in the offense. He had 17 receptions for 313 yards and two scores. Much of that came in the final game of the season against Indiana, where he had an 80-yard TD on his way to a 151 yard receiving day.
Danny should be a solid contributor this year. He is one of Purdue's most versatile receivers because he can line up in the backfield if needed and play a variety of receiver positions. He is part of a very deep receiver corps that can hopefully turn the offense around after a dismal 2013.