Purdue only has two recruits in the class of 2020 from the state of Indiana, but Gus Hartwig is one of the top players in Indiana for 2020.
Gus Hartwig – OL
Zionsville, IN (Zionsville HS)
6’5”, 290 pounds
According to Rivals Hartwig is the No. 4 overall player in Indiana for this recruiting cycle. He is a big bruiser of a lineman, but he is also versatile. In his time at Zionsville he played center, guard, and tackle. Since I work for the Zionsville paper I saw him quite a bit over the last few years and he anchored a line that was pretty solid. Colin Price is one of the top sophomore running backs in Indiana and he ran for 1,769 yards and 15 touchdowns this year behind Hartwig. Zionsville was 5-7 this year and 6-5 last year, but their records are a tad deceiving.
In 2018 Zionsville was the only 5A school in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference, with the other schools being in 6A. They struggled to a competitive 5-4 regular season, then blew out Muncie Central before losing to New Palestine in the sectional. New Palestine is currently on a 28-game winning streak with two 5A state titles in a row and Zionsville is one of the few teams to give them a game in a 29-17 loss.
This year Zionsville moved up to 6A, but only for one year. They are the smallest 6A school in the state and when the Elkhart schools merge at the end of this school year that school will become 6A and Zionsville will drop back down to 5A in the middle of the two-year cycle. The Eagles were a dismal 3-6 on the season, but surprised many by actually winning their sectional. They beat Pike 36-0 in the sectional opener (their second win over Pike this year), then stunned Brownsburg 44-41 after losing to them 54-14 in the regular season. Their only other wins in the regular season were over Lebanon and a hapless Noblesville. They then lost to Ben Davis 28-7 in the regional.
Hartwig played against some of the state’s best the past two seasons. The Hoosier Crossroads Conference is just a step below the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference here in Indiana, and those two conferences combined accounted for 16 of the 32 teams in Class 6A this season. That should prepare him well to compete at Purdue. While many offensive linemen redshirt in year one, Hartwig could be an immediate contributor because of his versatility.