Purdue's potentially small recruiting class continues to fill up and it got a pair of solid three-star commits to get to nine members in the last 24 hours. First, it landed Nate Johnson, a 5'11" receiver from Thompson's Station, Tennessee. Earlier today it landed the top in-state linebacker in Collin Miller from Hamilton Southeastern.
Nate Johnson - Johnson did not have a lot of offers yet (His biggest was Army), but he boasts 4.5 speed and projected to be a slot receiver in college. Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Northwestern were beginning to show him some interest. He had some impressive stats during his junior season of 62 receptions for 1,290 yards and 17 touchdowns in 11 games. His team was 6-5 and lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Hendersonville. Here is his highlight tape.
Collin Miller - Miller is a big, hulking linebacker at 6'3" 230 pounds that is rated high enough by rivals that he could be a 4-star before all is said and done. He already has a large number of offers from all over the Midwest led by Indiana, Illinois, and Louisville. Last season he had 66 total tackles for a Hamilton Southeastern team that went 4-6, its first losing season in over 20 years. They did push state runner-up Carmel to a 14-7 loss in the opener. Miller also had 5 sacks, 4 pass breakups, and a blocked punt. Here are his highlights.
Both of these players are good pickups, but I like Miller because he shows we're continuing to put a premium on solid linebackers, something that was sorely lacking under the late Tiller regime and Danny Hope.