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National Signing Day: Player Update

Here are some quick summaries on some of the players Purdue has signed this morning.

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Here are some quick summaries on several of the players Purdue has signed this morning.  The Boilermakers will hold a press conference later this afternoon to announce anyone in the class who has signed today.

We will continue to update this stream throughout the day, so check back for more National Signing Day madness!

UPDATE:  By my count, 20 of the 21 players expected to sign today have already done so.  Defensive End commit Chazmyn Turner is apparently not going to make a decision today.

Evyn Cooper

Cooper is a 6'2" athlete from Buford, GA, that could play either running back or safety for the Boilermakers.  After being offered and pursued by a ton of schools including Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville, Virginia, and others, he decided to commit to Purdue back in early December after being heavily recruited by both running back coach Jafar Williams and secondary coach Taver Johnson.  Cooper attended Buford High School (one of the best programs in the state of Georgia) and is a 3-star athlete according to both Rivals and 247.

Here's a link to his original commitment article from December 2nd and an updated video of his 2014 highlights from hudl.

Brycen Hopkins

Hopkins has a real chance to come in and contribute right away as one of just two tight end commits for Purdue this year.  The Boilers lost four tight ends to graduation and are bringing back just three scholarship players at the position in 2015.  At 6'5" and 240 pounds, he already looks like a Big-10 tight end (and he has the pedigree, too - his father Brad played 13 seasons in the NFL as a left tackle for the Oilers/Titans).

Brycen was offered by Purdue over the summer after playing just one year of high school football.  If you watch the videos below, you'll see how much he improved over the course of two seasons.  He was rated as only 2 stars, but that was probably due to only having played for a very limited amount of time.  Hopkins was also offered by Florida.

1st Season (Junior Year)

2nd Season (Senior Year)

Michael Little

Michael Little is a 6-foot, 170 pound cornerback prospect out of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California (a top 10 California High School dynasty program, according to maxpreps).  He is a 3-star recruit according to both Rivals and 247.  In addition to Purdue, Little also had scholarship offers from San Diego and Idaho.  Little will join a Boilermaker secondary that really only has 2 proven starters coming back from this year (Anthony Brown and Frankie Williams).  They definitely need help in terms of depth and Michael Little fulfills that need in the long-term.  I don't expect him to make much of an impact in 2015, but he definitely has the potential to be high on the depth chart in 2016 and beyond.

David Rose

Cornerback David Rose, out of Oxon Hill, MD, 6'-0", 175 pounds, and a 2-star recruit according to Rivals and 247.  Toledo, Bucknell, and Ball State were some of the schools that offered Rose, but some more impressive programs including Penn State, Tennessee, NC State, Pittsburgh and Maryland were all starting to show interest.  Rose had previously verbally committed to play at Toledo.

Joe Schopper

Punter Joe Schopper passed up an opportunity to play as a preferred walk-on at Texas and Minnesota to join the Boilermakers in 2015.  Schopper will probably be the starting punter from day one, barring any major setbacks before the season starts.

Peyton Truitt

Hometown signee Peyton Truitt of West Lafayette High School is a 6'5" offensive lineman rated as a 2-star prospect by both Rivals and 247.  Truitt had previously committed to Miami (OH) back in May of this year, but decided to swap to Purdue nearly 2 months after Purdue's coaching staff extended an offer.  He apparently turned a few heads at Purdue's lineman camp in June.  Right now he is projected as an offensive tackle, based solely off of body type and play style, but we all know things can and will change by the time he sees game action.

Jess Trussell

Trussell is a 6'5", 225 lb. tight end from Arlington, Texas and a 2-star athlete according to both Rivals and 247.  The Boilers have just three returning scholarship players at the tight end position for 2015 after the departure of seniors Gabe Holmes, Dolapo Macarthy, Justin Sinz, and Charles Torwudzo.  Trussell caught 22 passes for 493 yards and 7 TD's last year for Martin High School.  He had also reportedly received offers from Toledo, Houston, UNLV, and Utah St.

Larry Wells

Larry Wells, from Kenton, Ohio, is a 6'6", 310 lb. offensive lineman rated as 3-stars by both Rivals and 247.  Purdue could end up having about 16 guys on the roster next season for the offensive line, which means at least 1 or 2 of these incoming linemen (or possibly all of them) will most likely redshirt.  Wells also had offers to play at Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Akron, among others.

Shayne Henley

Shayne Henley is one of three JUCO recruits that will be joining the Boilermakers in 2015 and, with just two years of eligibility remaining, he will certainly be looking to make an immediate impact.  As a 6'4" defensive end, he played for Moorpark College in California this past season where he recorded 5 sacks in 9 games.  Henley adds depth and much-needed experience to what will be an extremely young group of defensive ends next season.