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Purdue Football Recruiting: Dave Steinmetz Commits as Grad Transfer

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Purdue picks up a much-needed offensive lineman.

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Jeff Brohm is still active on the graduate transfer market. Today he officially picked up his fourth such transfer for immediate help as Dave Steinmetz agreed to come aboard from the University of Rhode Island:

Steinmetz is an experienced starter who played in more than 30 games the past seasons for FCS Rhode Island. They play in the Colonial Athletic Association, one of the better FCS conferences out there, but it is still the FCS level. His team has gone a dismal 4-30 the last three seasons and it was smoked 55-6 last season at Kansas in its only FBS level game. their only wins have come over Brown, Elon, Delaware, and Towson the last four seasons.

Still, Purdue needs offensive linemen in the worst way and bringing in a 6’8”, 300 pound offensive tackle is not a terrible idea. Purdue’s situation is so dire that Steinmetz could be a starter from day one. He has primarily been a right tackle and Purdue looks to be set there with Matt McCann, but one of them could shift to left tackle, which is a gigantic question mark heading into the season.

Steinmetz has one season of eligibility remaining. FTR, that has Purdue five over the scholarship limit going into the summer according to my chart, so there will undoubtedly be attrition soon:

Football Scholarship Grid

Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21)
Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21)
Dave Steinmetz OL Grad Transfer
TJ McCollum LB Grad Transfer
Josh Okonye DB Grad Transfer
Da'Wan Hunte CB Senior (5)
Antoine Miles DE Senior (5)
Danny Ezechukwu LB Senior (5)
David Yancey RB Senior (5)
Dezwan Polk-Campbell LB Senior (5)
Keyante Green RB Senior (5)
Johnny Daniels OL 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
Corey Holmes WR Grad Transfer Grad Transfer
Dexter Knox RB Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Bearooz Yacoobi OL 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)
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
Eddy Wilson DT Junior Senior
Isaac Zico WR Junior Senior
Ray Ellis DT Junior Senior
Terry Wright WR 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 LB Sophomore (RS) Junior (RS) Senior (5)
Kai Higgins DE Sophomore Junior Senior
Josh Hayes CB Sophomore Junior Senior
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
Darius Pittman TE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Nicholas Sipe QB 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
Viktor Beach OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
DeShon Washington OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Kenneth Major DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Allen Daniels DT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Keyron Catlett WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Derrick Barnes LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Robert McWilliams LB/DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Cornell Jones LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Tobias Larry LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Total Scholarships Left -5 14 33 58
Total Scholarships Used 90 71 52 27