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Purdue Football Recruiting: 2018 Tight Ends Class

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NCAA Football: Minnesota at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

The tight ends were used frequently last year. It helps that the tight ends on our roster are extremely versatile. All three can block, run routes and catch passes. When your tight ends are athletic playmakers, they are a problem week in and week out.

Cole Herdman, Brycen Hopkins and Darius Pittman were that last year. Pittman was used more as a blocker, but the other two could do anything that was asked of them. Herdman will be returning for his senior year, Hopkins for his junior year and Pittman for his sophomore year.

But, there is always room for more athletes on the roster at that position. Enter Payne Durham, our HUGE incoming freshman.

Now, listen. Payne is raw - but he is already very talented. He has only played football for a couple of years. He had his recruitment pick up late his senior year - after exploding on the scene.

Payne Durham - 6’6”, 250 Pounds, Tight End, Suwanee, Georgia, 3*

Other Offers: Missouri, Duke

Like I said, his recruitment took off late, that is why he only has 2 other P5 offers. Payne is a great name for him, because he will bring the Payne in the middle of the field. In my opinion, which means little, Payne seems like a guy that is more suited to be a receiving type of tight end. His blocking ability is raw, as he has only played football for a few years, but has obvious athleticism.

Payne will be a candidate for redshirt. The only reason for that is because he has three guys ahead of him on the depth chart and the fact that he is still learning the game of football.

He is a guy that I could see developing into a star here in the Jeff Brohm offense. He can play with his hand in the dirt off the line of scrimmage or he can play in the slot and make plays all over. Take a look at his impressive highlight tape.

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