Purdue was able to add two late commitments today that have since signed after not being on the official list until today.
Semisi Fakasiieiki - Fakasiieiki is a flip from San Diego State and comes in as a 6'2", 225 pound linebacker from Dominguez HS, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON!!!
He is a two-star commitment that has a nice bit of size and at least adds some depth at linebacker. Here are his Hudl highlights.
Tanner Hawthorne - OL - Hawthorne is almost assuredly redshirting, as a 6'6' 275 pound offensive lineman would get eaten alive as a true freshman in the Big Ten, but he comes from Peoria Centennial HS out in Arizona. Here is what the local paper said about him:
And football recruiting is heating up for the Peoria Centennial senior offensive lineman since helping pave the way for the Coyotes' Division I state football championship.
He might have been Centennial's most improved player this past season. It is showing up by the calls and texts he and his coach, Richard Taylor, have been getting.
"Every year he made huge strides," Taylor said. "His sophomore year, he was gangly and uncoordinated. Last year, he played a lot. This year, he was a beast."
Hawthorne was a big part of the best offensive line in Division I. He said last week coaches from Arizona State, Colorado, New Mexico and Northern Arizona came by Centennial to visit with him. He said Arizona and Utah State also are showing interest.
San Diego State, Montana, Weber State, South Dakota State, Adams State and Missouri State all have offered scholarships.
Hawthorne didn't really come into his own until this season. He said he has former ASU offensive lineman Ron Sowers partly to thank for his improved abilities.
Sounds like a good get!
Both of these players have now officially signed. According to the published list Purdue is only missing Javonte Ferguson, Grant Hermanns, Terrance Landers, and Rob Simmons.