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2017 Purdue Football Recruiting: Corey Winfield to Visit

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Purdue might be adding a 5th year transfer for more immediate help in 2017.

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

We all know Purdue needs a lot of help in football. Recently, the following five members of the 2017 recruiting class were early enrollees as either JuCo transfers or early HS graduates:

Tyler Hamilton - Freshman 4-star Wide Receiver from South Carolina

Kai Higgins - Sophomore JuCo defensive end that has three years of eligibility remaining.

Jalen Jackson - Freshman offensive lineman from Georgia

T.J. Jallow - Junior JuCo safety that is one of the top-rated JuCo safeties in the nation per ESPN.

Ethan Smart - Junior JuCo offensive lineman from Mississippi.

All five of these players are expected to be the first wave of immediate help. There might be another experienced coming to join them too.

Corey Winfield - CB - Winfield will graduate from Syracuse and transfer out according to Syracuse.com. he has one year of eligibility remaining, but Purdue can definitely use him at corner. He is a two-year starter that had 41 tackles this past season and he has three interceptions in his career. the 6’1” corner would almost certainly be a starter this coming season along with Da’Wan Hunte. he is even visiting this weekend in what is a big recruiting weekend for us:

This would not be the first time football has added a grad transfer. Elliott hood transferred from Vanderbilt to Purdue for his final season in 2007 and was a starter on the offensive line under Joe Tiller.

Purdue could also use the help because it appears that Myles Norwood, who would have been a senior cornerback, has been removed from the roster due to concussion issues. As of right now Brandon Roberts and Martesse Patterson, two former starters who have been in limbo for a while, are still on the roster. With Norwood gone Purdue has five scholarships open by our math as we approach signing day:

2017 Scholarship Grid

Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21)
Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21)
Da'Wan Hunte CB Senior (5)
Antoine Miles DE Senior (5)
Danny Ezechukwu LB Senior (5)
David Yancey RB Senior (5)
Dezwan Polk LB Senior (5)
Johnny Daniels OL Senior (5)
Keyante Green RB Senior (5)
Anthony Mahoungou WR Senior
Gelen Robinson DE Senior
Gregory Phillips WR Senior
Ja'Whaun Bentley LB Senior
Christopher Parker S Senior
Kamal Hardy CB Senior
Austin Larkin DE Senior
Jalen Neal OT Senior
Malik Kimbrough WR Senior
Dexter Knox RB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Bearooz Yacoobi OL Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Brandon Roberts S Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Cole Herdman TE Junior (RS) Senior (5)
David Blough QB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Keiwan Jones DT Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kirk Barron C Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Martesse Patterson OT Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tim Cason CB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Will Colmery DT Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Rob Simmons DE Junior Senior
Ben Makowksi LS Junior Senior
TJ Jallow S Junior Senior
Ethan Smart OL Junior Senior
Joe Schopper P Junior Senior
Markell Jones RB Junior Senior
Markus Bailey LB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tario Fuller RB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Andy Chelf S Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Brycen Hopkins TE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Chazmyn Turner DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Elijah Sindelar QB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Fred Brown DT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jess Trussell TE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Matt McCann OT Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Michael Little CB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Michael Mendez OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Peyton Truitt OL Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Richard Worship RB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Sawyer Dawson LB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tim Faison DE Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kai Higgins DE Sophomore Sophomore Sophomore
Josh Hayes CB Sophomore Sophomore Sophomore
Alex Criddle DT Sophomore Junior Senior
Navon Mosley S Sophomore Junior Senior
Jack Wegher RB Sophomore Junior Senior
J.D. Dellinger K Sophomore Junior Senior
Lorenzo Neal DT Sophomore Junior Senior
Terrance Landers WR Sophomore Junior Senior
Brian Lankford-Johnson RB Sophomore Junior Senior
Brandon Shuman CB Sophomore Junior Senior
Benaiah Franklin WR Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Anthony Watts DT Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jared Sparks QB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Grant Hermanns OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Simeon Smiley CB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Tanner Hawthorne OL Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Semisi Fakasiieiki LB Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Jackson Anthrop WR Freshman (RS) Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Griffin Alstott QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
C.J. Hayes ATH Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Darius Pittman TE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Nicholas Sipe QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
LaPerion Perry ATH Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Robert Hudson OT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Brevin Harris WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Malcolm Robinson DT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tyler Hamilton WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Dedrick Mackey DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Mark Stickford OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jacob Abrams DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jalen Jackson OG Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Giovanni Hightower-Reviere DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
D’Jaundrae Edwards WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Total Scholarships Left 5 21 37 62
Total Scholarships Used 80 64 48 23