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Purdue Football Recruiting 2020: Sam Rengert

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Purdue showing early interest in a giant offensive lineman from Ohio.

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Sam Rengert - OT - 6’7, 280 - 3* (85) - Milford Center, OH (Fairbanks High School)

Purdue loves tall, athletic offensive linemen, and Rengert is about as tall and athletic as you’re going to find. He’s already a handful as a junior and will only get better as he grows into his frame.

Purdue should try and take 5 offensive linemen every class. They’ve fallen short of that the last few years, but 2020 is shaping up to be a solid year for offensive linemen in the Boilermakers recruiting footprint. I expect this to be a five or even six man offensive line class, depending on how Purdue does in-state with a couple of priority prospects.

As I mentioned earlier, Rengert fits the mold for what Purdue is looking for in terms of an offensive lineman. The Boilermakers covet tall, mobile guys that they can build up in the program. We’ve yet to actually see it on the field because Brohm and OL coach Dale Williams have done an excellent job of piecing together a line with spare parts over the last two years in order to give their recruits a chance to mature at the proper pace. The 2019 and 2020 season will be the unveiling of the Brohm / Williams Purdue offensive line.

Rengert’s film shows a tall left tackle with the athletic ability to pull around and lead runs and get to the second level and pick off linebackers and safeties. I’m not an O-line guru, but his pass blocking looks fine, and I can only assume it will improve with college coaching. He’ll need to work on getting his pads lower when he needs to power run block, but that’s something that you can say about almost every tall, high school offensive linemen. I see a ton of potential for a college coach to mold.

He currently holds 9 offers, including offers from Purdue, Iowa State, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia. His offer list will continue to expand as 2020 recruiting picks up. Purdue is in a good spot right now after Rengert joined a gaggle of Purdue 2019 and 2020 prospects in West Lafayette on 12/15 - 12/16. It’s great to get in early with a guy who could potentially blow up over the next few months.

Rengert fits what Purdue is looking for in an offensive lineman and I won’t be surprised if Purdue is a major player for his services.