After the season is over, December 29th, we say goodbye to two pretty good running backs who have epitomized what a Boilermaker is.
Filling the void of D.J. Knox and Markell Jones won’t be easy, but in a couple of years, the duo coming in may be just as good as the duo we have departing.
Da’Joun Hewitt and King Doerue are coming to Purdue after great high school careers. Hewitt, the leading rusher in the state of Tennessee and Doerue being an underrated back out of the Lone Star state. Personally, I am excited for both of these ball players to wear the gold and black next year.
First, lets take a look at the long standing running back commit, Da’Joun Hewitt.
Hewitt, the long standing commit from back in May, is right out of the heart of Nashville, where there are some really good football players at.
Now, he did have a dip in production this year when comparing to his Junior season.
Senior: 2170 yards, 7.8 YPC, 39 Touchdowns
Junior: 2352 yards, 11.4 YPC, 41 Touchdowns
A dip, if you want to call it that. He also had 1627 yards as a sophomore, so, over the course of three years of Varsity Football, Hewitt accumulated over 6,100 yards and 100 touchdowns.
This year, he lead his team to a 13-0 record as well, being the focal point of the offense, once again.
Hewitt is a great combination of speed, size, catching ability and strength. He shows it in all facets of his game.
Again, this is a highlight tape, so, you will only see the positives of his game. But, his all around game is evident in his tape.
He will fit nicely with what Coach Barclay wants in his backs, which is having a balanced game. Something Hewitt has shown during his entire high school career.
The next back we will take a look at is King Dorue, out of Texas.
King is a late riser, having a great senior summer and season. According to MaxPreps, King had over 1100 yards rushing his senior season.
King is one of my favorite commits of this class, I think he will end up developing to being a pretty good power back for Purdue. King, on MaxPreps is listed at 205 pounds, but his frame can easily carry 220.
King also showed a knack for being able to catch balls out of the backfield as well, where he had over 200 yards receiving this past season. He shows some nice power in his highlight tape and vision to find the holes.
Overall, I think both of these backs are pretty talented. While they won’t come in and give us carries from day one, in a couple of seasons, I do believe they will be pretty good. We have another season with two senior backs in Tario Fuller and Richie Worship.
After they leave at the end of the 2019-2020 season, the job is wide open for the taking.
We are excited to have you as Boilermakers, men!