It was no hiding the wide receivers struggled early on in the season. The plethora of trick plays that Coach Brohm used during the season is a testament to that, as he was trying to create big plays.
Early on, Jackson Anthrop was our best wide receiver, a lightly recruited, local star, playing slot receiver. He is very reliable, but the big play was not there at all times.
We turned Jared Sparks into a wide receiver, just to get some more athleticism and play making ability on the outside. A place where he will now stay for the remainder of his career.
It was not until about half way through the season Anthony Mahoungou blew up and became the deep threat wide receiver that we needed in this offense drastically. I never thought I would say this, but we are going to miss him dearly next year. It wasn’t his fault he wasn’t a threat early on - he had to learn the game. No one learned under Hazell, so it took a bit. He ended his senior year with 40 catches for 688 yards and 8 touchdowns - most of the production coming after the mid way point.
But he and Greg Phillips are now gone and we replace them with some really talented incoming freshmen. Some really, really talented ones too guys. Lets start off with the lengthy wide receiver from Staten Island.
6’1, 175 Pounds, 3*
Other Offers: Boston College, Rutgers, NC State, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Virginia, Wake Forest
Amad is a straight up playmaker. He has the length to go up and get the ball over the defender. He also has the ability to beat you deep at any given moment. As you can see, he has a plethora of offers from other P5 schools. Coach Brohm was able to pluck him from the East Coast, maybe due to being able to tell him he will have some games against teams from around his home town. Amad is very talented, but could stand to get in the weight room still as he is very thin. He will have a very good career at Purdue.
6’5”, 200 Pounds, 3*
Other Offers: Boston College, Kentucky, Iowa State, Louisville, Minnesota, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia
Coach Brohm and Co. had to beat out some pretty high powered passing offenses here to land Kory. Beating out West Virginia and Louisville is no small task, as they throw the ball all over the field. Kory has a B1G Ten ready body already. Being 6’5”, 200 pounds coming from high school will always help that. Not only with his size, he runs a 4.4 (!) forty yard dash - which is just insane for someone coming from high school with that size. Kory has pretty sift hands to go with his nice size. He is also a track star for his high school - could we be getting a combo athlete?
6’3”, 190 Pounds, 3*
Other Offers: Memphis, Minnesota, Syracuse, Wake Forest, West Virginia
Again, beating high powered offenses like West Virginia and Memphis is no small feat. An air raid offense is appealing to any high school wide receiver. Air raid is something Purdue wants to be - I think we saw that late against Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl. That appeals to young kids and the opportunity to be able to come in and contribute in the B1G is also a big deal. Jordan has great size - sound familiar? Coach Brohm has went out and got absolute monsters at wide receiver. Bonner is a deep threat and he played at the highest level in Georgia, where he proved he was the real deal, week in and week out.
5’9”, 180 Pounds, 3* or 4*
Other Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Penn State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Texas, Wake Forest, Washington State
Uh, look above. Need I say more? He had offers from everyone in the country. The once long time Texas recruit came to Purdue late. He gave us his verbal at the Army All-America Bowl Game. Rondale Moore is icing on the cake for this recruiting class - the true Gem. Rondale can do it all, return kicks, play the slot, play the outside, play in the backfield. My best guess? He will be a slot receiver for us and be darn good at it. His 4.3 speed, great hands and ability to make a short pass a home run play will get him on the field from game one. Rondale is deadly in the open field. He is also strong as moose already. Benches around 300 pounds and squats around 400. Rondale is going to special - he could be the next Dorien Bryant, and I am being serious.
There is no hiding, this is the best receiver recruiting class Purdue may have ever gotten. It truly is a great class. With an opportunity for guys to play right away and with what Jeff Brohm wants to do on offense I do not blame them for coming at all.
Welcome to West Lafayette, fellas. Boiler Up.