Jack Cravaack verbally committed to Purdue today, giving the Boilermakers 5 verbal commitments in less than a week. Cravaack is a 6’5, 225 pound, 3* DE/TE out of Cincinnati’s Madeira High School who is coming in as a jumbo athlete for Purdue. He holds offers from Oregon St., Wake Forrest, most of the MAC, Army, and Harvard.
Looking a Cravaack’s film, I see a tight end willing to work the middle of the field. He has solid hands, and is willing to take a hit in order to make a good catch. At an athletic 6’5, he will be a great red zone threat for Purdue. Cravaack is also a willing blocker, and you can see how his aggressiveness as a defensive end bleeds over to the offensive side of the ball. He plays through the whistle and finishes his blocks.
On the defensive side of the ball, he has quick feet and uses his athleticism to beat the offensive tackle to the corner. Once he gets the corner, he closes well and gets the quarterback on the ground. I especially like the fact that he looks for the ball as he’s getting after the quarterback. Strip sacks are one of my favorite plays in football, and Cravaack appears to have that skill in his arsenal. He will need to beef up a little to play on the defensive line, but he has plenty of time to gain weight and strength. The Purdue coaching staff is putting a premium on athleticism in this class, and appears to be confident in their ability to coach up athletes and fit them into their system.
Cincinnati, and Southern Ohio in general, could be a fertile recruiting ground for Purdue, and having Cravaack in the mix can only help future ventures into the Buckeye State.
More to come with Jack a little later.