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2016 Purdue Football Recruiting: Jacoby Hill Commits

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Purdue grabs a DE prospect from Atlanta.

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

I admit that when I initially saw today's commitment news on defensive end Jacoby Hill I was not impressed. He said on Twitter that he was the top defensive end that Purdue coaches were going after, but he is only rated as a two-star commitment with a ton of offers from teams far from the halls of power in college football. He is listed at 6'4" and 215 pounds, making him slight for a defensive end, and the likes of Florida A&M, Coastal Carolina, Jacksonville State, and Prairie View A&M did not exactly blow my skirt up in terms of offers.

There are some positives though. Hill plays for Carver HS in Atlanta, which is a pretty solid ground for high school football. 24/7 rates him as a three-star, upgrading him after he committed to Purdue.  Last season he had 41 tackles and double-digit sacks for a team that went 8-3 and qualified for the Georgia Class 5A playoffs (where they lost in the first round). He could be in for a solid senior season where he starts turning some heads, so we shall see.

Here are his highlights.

Now, as far as the size of Purdue's class, here is where things get interesting. Hill is the 10th commitment so far. Coach Hazell expects to sign 17-18 players in the class, so the math is starting to come in to play. According to my tracking sheet the recent departure of Carlos Carvajal (confirmed in a FanShot earlier today) puts Purdue at exactly 85 scholarships going into this season. There are only 12 scholarship seniors on the roster, so given the natural attrition every year of underclassmen (Purdue already had Carvajal and Danny Etling leave as two of its very few 4-start prospects) a class of 17-18 seems about right. with Carvajal and Etling gone the only 4-star prospects left on the roster are David Hedelin, Elijah Sindelar, Keyante Green, Leroy Clark, Gelen Robinson, and Ryan Watson.

Here is the scholarship chart as it looks right now. Garrett Hudson was removed not because he left, but because I confirmed he was a walk-on (with his dad serving as defensive coordinator).

Player

('15-'16)

('16-'17)

('17-'18)

('18-'19)

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 Juresevich

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

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

Da'Wan Hunte

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Antoine Miles

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Danny Ezechukwu

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

David Yancey

Sophomore (RS)

Junior (RS)

Senior (5)

Dezwan Polk

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 Makowksi

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

Robert Ennis

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Sawyer Dawson

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Shayne Henley

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Tario Fuller

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Tim Faison

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Wyatt Cook

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Brandon Shuman

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Dylan Powell

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Jake Long

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Josh Hayes

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Luke Campbell

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Benaiah Franklin

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Jacoby Hill

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Nate Johnson

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Collin Miller

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Navon Mosley

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Total Scholarships Used

85

83

62

44

10

Total Scholarships Left

0

2

23

41

75