It looks like the scholarship situation at Purdue is finally settling out. For the longest time Purdue was over the limit for the coming season with several graduate transfer coming in. We were told that attrition was coming over the summer and there would be room, but I was keeping players on here until I was able to find confirmation. Last night, that confirmation came for several players I suspected were gone.
Thanks to the excellent work for Stacy Clardie at GBI we now know there are eight players that have left the program since the spring due to the “culture of competition” being established by coach Brohm:
At least eight players from the spring are no longer with the program, though only one of them likely would have been a candidate to make the two-deep in the fall (Terrance Landers). Otherwise, there’s not a significant ding without defensive lineman Fred Brown, linebacker Tim Faison, receiver Malik Kimbrough, offensive lineman Jalen Neal, safety Dezwan Polk-Campbell and running backs Keyante Green and David Yancey.
That goes in line with what we have thought. We knew about Neal, Landers, and Faison previously. In the link to Faison I talked about Johnny Daniels, who GBI did not mention, as a transfer to Arkansas Pine Bluff. That’s also where I speculated that Polk-Campbell could be a casualty. With Polk-Campbell, Brown, Green, Kimbrough, and Yancey now off the list I have Purdue at 82 of 85 scholarships used for the coming season.
July 6 Purdue Football Scholarship Grid
|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)|
|Corey Holmes||WR||Grad Transfer||Grad Transfer|
|Shane Evans||OG||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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|Total Scholarships Left||3||2||22||44||71|
|Total Scholarships Used||82||83||63||41||14|
That makes for some interesting numbers. Many of the players culled here were fifth year guys that were entering their final seasons anyway (Green, Polk-Campbell, Yancey, Daniels). Neal and Kimbrough were second-year JuCo guys with only one year left too. That means Faison and Brown were the only ones that opened up space for the 2018 recruiting class and beyond.
Now, technically, Purdue has more committed players for the 2018 season in terms of scholarship commitments (83) than it does for the 2017 season.
This also gives coach Brohm a little more play for the coming year. If there is another Graduate Transfer or two out there he is pursuing that we don’t know about there is room. If he wants to reward a walk-on like Eric Swingler that has earned a spot, he can.
Then you have the current 2018 recruiting class. Purdue already has 14 commitments. There are only 13 scholarship seniors leaving after this season (three of them graduate transfers that are one year hired guns). That means there could be some more attrition over the coming months. Will Colmery and Andy Chelf, two guys battling some pretty serious off-the-field health situations, are also still on the scholarship list.
Overall though, this is not a bad thing. It is very, very good that coach Brohm is making every spot competitive. That can only make Purdue a better football team. The more that Brohm gets “his guys” in, the better.