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2016 Purdue Football Recruiting: How Does it Look

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If you're hoping for a freshman savior for Purdue, well, keep looking.

Here is a picture of A.J. Hammons to make you feel better before reading this.
Here is a picture of A.J. Hammons to make you feel better before reading this.
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In short, not good.

Purdue currently has 10 commitments for 2016. This is after getting two this week. It is rated 92nd nationally and dead last in the 14 team Big Ten by a WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE margin according to Rivals. Things can get better this weekend as 4-star offensive tackle Sean Foster is coming for an official visit along with nine others, but so far it doesn't look good. Even if we land Foster it won't be a huge improvement.

According to my math Purdue currently has five scholarships open. Here is the latest scholarship chart:

Player

('16-'17)

('17-'18)

('18-'19)

('19-'20)

Andy Garcia

Senior (5)




Austin Appleby

Senior (5)




Bilal Marshall

Senior (5)




Cameron Cermin

Senior (5)




Cameron Posey

Senior (5)




J.J. Prince

Senior (5)




Jason King

Senior (5)




Jimmy Herman

Senior (5)




Joey Warburg

Senior (5)




Jonathan Curry

Senior (5)




Jordan Roos

Senior (5)




Langston Newton

Senior (5)




Robert Gregory

Senior (5)




Austin Logan

Senior




Dan Moteroso

Senior




DeAngelo Yancey

Senior




Domonique Young

Senior




Evan Panfil

Senior




Jake Replogle

Senior




Leroy Clark

Senior




Ra'Zahn Howard

Senior




Shayne Henley

Senior




Da'Wan Hunte

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



Antoine Miles

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



Danny Ezechukwu

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



David Yancey

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



Dezwan Polk

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



John Strauser

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



Johnny Daniels

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



Keith Byars II

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



Keyante Green

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



Matt Burke

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



Myles Norwood

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)



Anthony Mahoungou

Junior

Senior



Dexter Knox

Junior

Senior



Gelen Robinson

Junior

Senior



Gregory Phillips

Junior

Senior



Ja'Whaun Bentley

Junior

Senior



Trae Hart

Junior

Senior



Christopher Parker

Junior

Senior



Bearooz Yacoobi

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)


Brandon Roberts

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)


Cole Herdman

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)


David Blough

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)


Keiwan Jones

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)


Kirk Barron

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)


Martesse Patterson

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)


Tim Cason

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)


Will Colmery

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)


Ben Makowksi

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


David Rose

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Eddy Wilson

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Joe Schopper

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Markell Jones

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Markus Bailey

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Tario Fuller

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Andy Chelf

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Brycen Hopkins

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Chazmyn Turner

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Elijah Sindelar

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Evyn Cooper

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Fred Brown

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jess Trussell

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Matt McCann

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Michael Little

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Michael Mendez

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Peyton Truitt

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Richard Worship

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Sawyer Dawson

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Tim Faison

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Wyatt Cook

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Brandon Shuman

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Dylan Powell

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Josh Hayes

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Alex Criddle

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Luke Campbell

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Benaiah Franklin

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Navon Mosley

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Anthony Watts

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Jack Wegher

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior































Total Scholarships Left

5

27

45

61

Total Scholarships Used

80

58

40

24

Now, to dive a little deeper:

  • Purdue lost only four offensive starters, three defensive starters, and a kicker. That's good at least from a returning experience standpoint. It is bad in that many multi-year starters return from a team that is 6-30 over the last three years.
  • There are a handful of Danny Hope recruits left. Basically, anyone listed as a 5th Year senior, so Hazell can't use the "Hope's recruits" excuse anymore.
  • Players like Logan, Newton, Warburg, and Curry are basically scholarship deadweight in that they are nowhere near the two deep going into the spring.
  • Purdue has 15 players coming out of their redshirt year. This is compared to just nine at this time last year. Of those nine, only two (Patterson and Blough) played extensively. The boilers are going to need more from the 15 coming out. A lot more.
  • I would be absolutely shocked if Keyante Green stays. He has spent three years here as a 4-star recruit and in two of them he did not play a down. Markell Jones and D.J. Knox are ahead of him, as is, apparently, David Yancey. If he doesn't transfer I will be stunned.
  • So far only Christopher Parker, the lone JuCo commit, looks like an instant impact player. Purdue has a lot of linemen in this class and those guys generally take a year or two to develop. There are a couple of DBs, but Purdue has several coming out of redshirt anyway.
  • Right now Purdue does not have a scholarship kicker, and coach Hazell made it very clear we both need one and no one on the roster could replace Griggs midseason last year. The official roster lists Brian Bravo, Tyler Duncan and Myles Homan, but they are all walk-ons that never got the chance to replace Griggs. Of course, if the offense gets much worse we may not need a kicker since we can't get close enough anyway.

The thing is, I think Purdue has some talent at almost every position. It has players that can play and ones that are better, overall, than Hope left, but the coaching was so awful this past season that it showed every week. Not only did you have the Shoopfense, but you had two of the Big Ten's best corners playing far off the receivers and a defensive scheme that rarely made adjustments.

Basically, Purdue is going to roll it back with new coordinators and hope players that have been beaten up for 2-3 years will suddenly break out. I am not encouraged. It is going to take something drastic to avoid a repeat of 2015. Sure, Purdue will win its opener against Eastern Kentucky because even Hazell can beat FCS teams, but beyond that? We can't even count on a MAC win over Ohio, not when Hazell is 1-3 against that conference. Cincinnati is a challenging non-conference opponent, then you get tot he same Big Ten that has kicked us around for three years to the tune of 2-22.