It is time for the world to know.
Jeff Brohm is a God Damn Wizard.
This weekend has been a busy one with the verbals coming every couple of hours it seems like. But, before this weekend we were already putting together a solid class. So, what I want to do here, is just briefly go over who has a verbal to us, and just a couple of key points of the kid. I will break this down by position, so some will say “none”.
This weekend is one of the best recruiting weekends I can remember for the Purdue Football program, I think ever. There were a ton of athletes on campus for official and unofficial visits and the coaching staff continues to work their magic with some highly rated players for 2019. The scary part is, there are a lot more out there with Purdue offers that can commit at any time, making this class even better.
Currently, 247 Sports has us ranked as the 27th best class nationally, as does Rivals. I prefer to go with the 247 sports rankings, just because it is more up to date than most other recruiting websites.
But enough of that, lets get into this, shall we?
Paul Piferi - Villa Park HS, California, 3*(84), 6’5”, 210 Pounds
Paul is a QB with a big arm. Not only that, he can run the fast as hell. I believe I saw that he ran an 11.2 100 Meter dash for his HS, that is blazing. Paul will be a guy who redshirts, but will compete for the job later in his career at Purdue.
- Running Back:
Da’Joun Hewitt - Davidson Academy, Tennessee, 3* (84), 5’11”, 190 Pounds
Hewitt might be the best running back in the state of Tennessee. He is a playmaker, every time he touches the ball it is essentially a big play, he averaged right around 10 yards per carry his junior year while rushing over 2,000 yards.
Demetrius Mauney - East Rutherford, North Carolina, 3* (85), 6’, 190 Pounds
Mauney is listed as an athlete, but it has been made clear he will be playing running back. I think he has great vision and can turn a small gain into a huge play at any moment. He has some nice speed, but I like that he has some power in his game as well.
- Wide Receiver:
Mershawn Rice - Reynoldsburg HS, Ohio, 3* (86), 6’2”, 200 Pounds
Rice is a lanky wide receiver. He fits the mold of an outside receiver. He has some great athletic ability and does an excellent job of high pointing balls. Rivals has him ranked as a 4* and for good reason, he was sought after by everyone.
- Tight End:
Kyle Bilodeu - Woodberry Forest HS, Virginia, 3* (85), 6’5”, 240 Pounds
Kyle is a freak at tight end. He already runs a mid 4.6 forty yard dash and has over a 30 inch vertical. He tested better than the #1 tight end taken in April’s draft in a lot of categories. He will be used often here.
- Offensive Line:
Spencer Holstege - South Christian HS, Michigan, 3* (80), 6’5”, 275 Pounds
Cam Craig - Dublin Jerome HS, Ohio, 3* (81), 6’5”, 285 Pounds
Dave Monnot III - Joliet Catholica Academy, 3* (82), 6’6” 275 Pounds
I will I one blurb for these three. I think they are similar in game and build as you can see. They all have long arms and really good feet. Cam is more of a run blocker in my opinion and he may be a guard at some point. But Spencer and Dave are both offensive tackles that have huge frames to put more muscle on. I like these three a lot.
- Defensive Line:
George Karlaftis - West Lafayette HS, Indiana, 4* (95), 6’4”, 260 Pounds
The star of the class is minutes from Ross-Ade. George will be ranked a 5* before it is all said and done. He has said over and over he is 100% Purdue and it shows with his constant recruiting on Twitter. He is an impact starter day one.
Dontay Hunter II - Westerville Central HS, Ohio, 3* (87), 6’5”, 230 Pounds
A couple days after O$U took one from us, we got one right back. Hunter looked like an O$U lean but we got him on campus and he fell in love. He and George will make a nastty combination at the two defensive end spots.
Chase Triplett - Michigan City HS, Indiana, 2* (79), 6’3”, 215 Pounds
Chase is a kid I could see becoming more of a pass rush specialist. But, if we do not get more LBS for this class he may have to stick at LB. He has long arms to fight off blocks and is strong. He is still raw, but the coaches see some talent in him and I agree, he is very good. (His HUDL Highlight was private)
- Defensive Back:
Marvin Grant - Martin Luther King HS, Michigan, 4* (90), 6’2”, 200 Pounds
Marvin is exactly what you want in a safety. He is a ball hawk first and foremost, he will make plays defending the pass. Not only that, he will come down hill and make hits. He is not afraid of contact, sometimes with safeties you get one or the other. We get both.
- Special Teams
Brooks Cormier - American Christian HS, Alabama, 5* (Kohls Kicking), 6’5” 215 Pounds
Future ball boomer, Brooks is the 5th best punter in the nation and might be the highest rated kicker we have ever recruited. He will start next year after Schopper is gone.