In a bit of a surprise this weekend Purdue made a dip into SEC country for a visitor. Octavius Matthews, the top-rated JuCo running back in the country, was officially a visitor this weekend. he took some flack on Twitter for it, but it is at least slightly encouraging accoridng to his Twitter:
Why everybody on me about visiting Purdue.? at the end of the day it's my life Ima do what I want regardless...✊ 1K— octavius.M (@octaviusmatthe1) January 21, 2017
Matthews is a 4-star running back according to ESPN and a 3-star per Rivals. He is currently committed to Auburn.
If Purdue were to get Matthews he would join an very intersting and talented backfield. Running back is one of Purdue’s deepest spots on the team, but injuries and the lack of consistent blocking led to a disappointing season for all. Here is everyone Purdue has coming back:
Markell Jones - Jr. - Jones has already rushed for 1,491 yards in his Purdue career and 14 touchdowns, but a bad shoulder sustained in the second game of hte year severely limited him in 2016. He had an excellent season as a true freshman in 2016. His rushing total is 97 yards short of cracking the top 20 in school history, and he still has two years left.
D.J. Knox - Jr. - Knox missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in the spring game. He rushed for 409 yards and two TDs in 2015. Obviously, coming back from a torn ACL is tricky, but by the season opener it will have been more htan a year since he played.
Brian Lankford-Johnson - So. - Lankford-Johnson had some impressive moments in 2016. he rushed for over 100 yards against Illinois and finished with 314 yards and two TDs, but was limited somewhat with lingering injuries late. He has some blazing speed though.
Richie Worship - So. - Worship had 133 ayrds and 2 TDs last year, but was also limited in the second half of the season. I could see him ina fullback role because of his size.
David Yancey - Sr. - The career reserve has only 39 yards rushing, but had 74 yards receiving last season.
Tario Fuller - So. - Fuller started out strong last season with a good opening game, but finished with just 30 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving.
Jack Wegher - So. - Wegher saw his redshirt get burned last season and he was mostly used as a kickoff returner. He had a critical fumble that sealed the Minnesota loss.
Keyante Green - Sr. - The senior is still ont hhe team despite being banished to the bench by Hazell. The former 4-star recruit had 199 yards on 27 attempts as a redshirt freshman in 2014, but he has not played since.