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Purdue Football Recruiting: 2016 Scholarship Grid

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A look at the football scholarship situation.

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With the commitment of Josh Hayes yesterday Purdue is finally on the board for the 2016 recruiting class. Many people are wondering why it took so long to get there, but in a way, it makes sense. Once we take a look at the scholarship situation here you will see that this recruiting class will likely be very, very small. That means Purdue has to be careful with its few scholarships, and it also means that Hazell is pretty much on a ride or die season with his recruits going forward.

Player

('15-'16)

('16-'17)

('17-'18)

('18-'19)

('19-'20)

Frankie Williams

Senior (5)

Michael Rouse III

Senior (5)

Robert Kugler

Senior (5)

Shane Mikesky

Senior (5)

Anthony Brown

Senior

Corey Clements

Senior

Danny Anthrop

Senior

David Hedelin

Senior

Jordan Jurasevich

Senior

Paul Griggs

Senior

Ryan Watson

Senior

Thomas Meadows

Senior

Andy Garcia

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Austin Appleby

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Bilal Marshall

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Cameron Cermin

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Cameron Posey

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

J.J. Prince

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jason King

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jimmy Herman

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Joey Warburg

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jonathan Curry

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jordan Roos

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Langston Newton

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Robert Gregory

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Austin Logan

Junior

Senior

Dan Moteroso

Junior

Senior

Danny Etling

Junior

Senior

DeAngelo Yancey

Junior

Senior

Domonique Young

Junior

Senior

Evan Panfil

Junior

Senior

Jake Replogle

Junior

Senior

Leroy Clark

Junior

Senior

Ra'Zahn Howard

Junior

Senior

Shayne Henley

Junior

Senior

Antoine Miles

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Carlos Carvajal

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Danny Ezechukwu

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

David Yancey

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Da'Wan Hunte

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Dezwan Polk

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Garrett Hudson

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Jason Tretter

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

John Strauser

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Johnny Daniels

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Keith Byars II

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Keyante Green

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Matt Burke

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Myles Norwood

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Anthony Mahoungou

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Dexter Knox

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Gelen Robinson

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Gregory Phillips

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Ja'Whaun Bentley

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Trae Hart

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Bearooz Yacoobi

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Brandon Roberts

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Cole Herdman

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

David Blough

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Keiwan Jones

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Kirk Barron

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Martesse Patterson

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Tim Cason

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Will Colmery

Freshman (RS)

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Andy Chelf

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Ben Makowski

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Brycen Hopkins

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Chazmyn Turner

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

David Rose

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Eddy Wilson

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Elijah Sindelar

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Evyn Cooper

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Fred Brown

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Jess Trussell

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Joe Schopper

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Larry Wells

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Markell Jones

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Markus Bailey

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Matt McCann

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Michael Little

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Michael Mendez

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Peyton Truitt

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Richard Worship

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Sawyer Dawson

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Tario Fuller

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Tim Faison

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Wyatt Cook

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Josh Hayes

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Total Scholarships Left

-2

10

33

53

84

Total Scholarships Used

87

75

52

32

1

Some notes:

  • By my count, Purdue is two over the limit going into the 2015 season, and this includes taking B.J. Knauf off the list, whose career ended early due to injury. Jordan Jurasevich was awarded a scholarship during the spring, so we clearly had one extra before the spring at minimum. As to how Purdue makes up the difference I had some thoughts:
    • The situation with Garrett Hudson is interesting because his dad is the defensive coordinator, so I don't know if that gets his son free tuition since his dad is a staff member. If so, that takes care of one of the two.
    • Langston Newton, who transferred in from Kentucky, may or may not be on scholarship, as it was never made clear.
    • Gelen Robinson, who is also participating in wrestling and track & field, is on football first and not on scholarship for those sports. By NCAA rules, I believe he has to be on scholarship for football and cannot be "hidden" by being on a wrestling scholarship or something.
    • The same is true for Shane Mikesky, who has been running hurdles for years. Though, as a fifth-year in state student, maybe he is paying his own way now.
  • Carlos Carvajal is somehow listed as a redshirt sophomore on the official roster, though he should be a redshirt junior. This is probably the least confusing thing about him.
  • Purdue will have a very, very small senior class of 12 scholarship athletes this fall.

So, assuming these numbers are accurate we know that Purdue is right at the 85 scholarship limit. There will likely be some attrition as players leave or transfer, so with only 12 scholarship seniors and a commitment already on board Purdue only has about 10-12 more spots to give out for 2016. There is not a lot of margin for error there. The class is going to so small that a few misses means you essentially don't have a recruiting class for a year. Given how bad Purdue is, that's not good.

It also makes the 2015 season even more important to show some growth for Hazell. As bad as 2013 was, a sub-par 2015 could be even worse in the long run because it means Hazell is not getting it done with his own guys, has very little to rely on as instant impact players, and not much to offer anything for 2017 guys and beyond.