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2018 Purdue Football Recruiting: Evander Craft Commits

The JuCo linebacker from the Chicago area

Ohio v Purdue Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

It has been a while since Purdue grabbed a recruit, but with the games actually starting and a fun home atmosphere Friday night the program was able to get a few guys on campus. one of them even committed today. Evander Craft, a junior college linebacker from The College of DuPage in Illinois committed this afternoon as the 22nd member of the 2018 class:

The lure of immediate playing time was likely a consideration for Craft. Garrett Hudson, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Danny Ezechukwu, and T.J. McCollum are four of Purdue’s top 5 linebackers and all will be gone after this season. Craft enters as a 6’2” 220 pound outside linebacker with interest from Iowa and Texas Tech. he played in high school in Wisconsin, but last season had 20 tackles with a sack and an interception. Here are his highlights.

In high school there was some discussion that he might walk on at Wisconsin. He was also a record setting running back:

The 6-2, 200-pound senior led the state in yardage through the regular season and finished with 2,207 yards and 29 touchdowns, racking up 11 yards per carry and helping put the Mariners in the playoffs for a second straight year.

Craft, named first-team All State by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, also earned a spot on the 2015 All-Suburban Football Team.

"I didn't think I was going to have the season I had, but I felt like anytime I got the ball, I made the most of everything I could get," Craft said. "We contributed and made our program a lot better than in previous years. It's kind of a rebuilding process, and we're getting back to that (winning) culture, where we can win conference championships and be more motivated to see what can possibly happen."

Welcome aboard, Evander!

Also, in case you missed it, here is the scholarship chart as it stands right now:

Purdue Football Scholarship Chart

Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21) ('21-'22)
Player Position ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21) ('21-'22)
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)
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
Corey Holmes WR Grad Transfer Grad Transfer
Shane Evans OG Grad Transfer Grad Transfer
Spencer Evans K 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)
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)
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)
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
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
Jaylan Alexander LB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jack Plummer QB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Elijah Ball DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Kadin Smith DB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Charles Allen OG Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jack Cravaack TE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Cornelius McCoy WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Byron Perkins CB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Eric Miller OT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Connor Parks DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Cory Trice S Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Lawrence Johnson DT Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Will Bramel OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jimmy McKenna OL Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Willie Lane DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jordan Bonner WR Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Clay Harris RB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
K.J. Stokes DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Destin Coates RB Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Branson Deen DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Jack Sullivan DE Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Evander Craft LB Junior Senior
Total Scholarships Left 3 -6 14 37 64
Total Scholarships Used 82 91 71 48 21