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Purdue Recruiting: Hayes Out Catlett In

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Purdue traded one Kentucky receiver for another in rapid succession today. C.J. Hayes, a long term Purdue commit from the Hazel era, decided to head farther north to Michigan State after a last minute offer from the Spartans. In order to offset this loss, Purdue picked up a commitment from prior Western Kentucky WR commit Keyron Catlett.

Catlett is a composite 3* (81), 5’10, 180 pound wide receiver from Hopkinsville KY (Christian County). He was a long term Western Kentucky commit who flipped to Purdue after his official visit on January 27. His other somewhat major offer was from Marshall.

Keyron is excellent with the ball in his hands. He is a quick start and stop guy, who picks his way through traffic with good feet and acceleration. Like most elite athletes at a smallish school, his high school team used him in every way imaginable. He returned kicks, punts, ran the ball as a tailback, caught passes, and even threw the ball on occasion. His receptions mostly consisted of screens and deep passes, so he is probably going to need to refine and diversify his route running ability, but he does flash nice hand and body control on a couple receptions.

He’s a guy that might need some time as a receiver, but could contribute fairly soon as a kick returner. I expect him to play in the slot at Purdue.