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80 Days to Purdue Football: Alex Egurbide

An intriguing walk-on from California could eventually play a role at receiver.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Today is the third straight walk-on receiver that is battling to get noticed and get playing time. Like Alex Hilger two days ago, he is a preferred walk-on that redshirted last season.

Alex Egurbide - Fr. (RS)

Thousand Oaks, CA (Westlake HS)

6'6", 210 pounds

Wide Receiver

2015 Projection: Deep reserve at Wide Receiver

It is a bit of a surprise that Egurbide is a walk-on. He was expected to be a highly regarded recruit at one time and even had an SB Nation recruiting profile, that doesn't occur often. Here is what that said:

Egurbide is a recruit with plus-level size. He's a long and somewhat gangly recruit with plenty of room to add weight to his frame. He's physical build and lack of top-end speed and explosiveness most likely makes him project better down the line to the tight end position.

Blessed with good agility for his size, Egurbide exhibits great sideline awareness. A true red zone threat, he often positions his tall frame near the end zone boundaries and shows the ability to box out defenders for and makes plays at the catch point.

He doesn't always run the most precise routes- as he tends round-off out patterns a bit-but he generates good snap at the top of his stem. To a certain degree, this mitigates his tendency to tip off breaks by chopping his steps.

Egurbide isn't a freakish athlete and most likely has his share of physical development to do before he'll be able to get legitimate snaps at his most likely college position of tight end. Egurbide has great hand eye coordination. He picked up the ball early in flight and shows the ability to track it very well. A coordinated athlete, he has the ability to both high point the ball off the top of defenders heads or contort his frame to adjust to off-target throws. He can bend at the knees to pluck the ball off of his shoe tops.

That link also has some video of his play, so he is definitely an intriguing player to have in camp.