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79 Days to Purdue Football: Matt McCann

A redshirt freshman tackle could play a large role this season.

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Indiana is not a football state by any stretch. When we share it with two other major conference programs that makes the battle for the few in-state recruits even worse. When you can get one from one of the state powers it is a good thing, and that is the type of player that is today's player.

Matt McCann -€” Fr. (RS)

Indianapolis, IN (Chatard HS)

6'6", 321 pounds

Offensive tackle

2016 Projection: Possible contributor on the offensive line

We need McCann to mature in a hurry if we're going to have any depth on the offensive line. We have a dearth of experience at both tackle spots and answers are needed. He is a big, strong lineman that won a state title at Chatard in 2012. Chatard is always one of the best mid-sized programs in the state, so he at least comes from a good background.

McCann was a three-star prospect in the 2015 recruiting class and he was wanted by Cincinnati, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Minnesota. His dad is a former Purdue baseball player at Purdue, however, so that helped sway him to Purdue. In high school he played right tackle, which seems to be his more natural position. Given Purdue's tackle situation we could see him starting by the end of the season.