Purdue is off to a slow start (according to every metric) for the 2020 recruiting class, but things could pick up any moment with a number of high profile recruits on campus last weekend.
These prospects received the grand tour of Purdue last weekend
Jordan Turner - Outside Linebacker - 3*(87) - Farmington High School - Michigan
Purdue is looking at several linebacker prospects, but Turner may be at the top of the board for the Boilermakers. He has 23 listed offers, and a top 5 including Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan, Northwestern, and Louisville.
Turner brings both size 6’2, 222 and speed to the linebacker position. He’s a big hitter with sideline to sideline range. There is a reason he is one of the most sought after linebacker sin the midwest.
Wisconsin received his first visit on June 7th and followed that up with a visit to Purdue. He has unofficially visited all of his top 5 schools, but doesn’t currently have official visits set up for Michigan, Northwestern, or Louisville.
Purdue is going to have to fight hard to land Turner, but are solidly positioned for the Michigan linebacker.
Tirek Murphy - Running Back - 4* (92) - Christ the King Regional High School - New York
The big news out of the weekend was Murphy surprising some in the recruiting world and committing to Purdue shortly after his visit. Murphy says he isn’t taking any more visits, which I assume means he won’t be taking his previously scheduled visit to Oregon.
Murphy is a 6’0, 220 pound bruiser with plenty of speed to burn. He is the top running back on Purdue’s recruiting board, and it’s always nice when you can snag the guy at the top of the list. Coach Brohm and Barclay sold Murphy on an opportunity to make an early impact and that went a long way in landing the standout from New York.
I’ll have a more detailed breakdown of Murphy later this week, but rest assured, Purdue landed a guy that could be the next great Purdue running back.
Marcellus Moore - Running Back - 3*(86) - Plainfield North High School - Illinois
Moore is nominally listed as a running back, but in Purdue’s offense, the diminutive speedster would line up all over the field. At 5’6, 150 pounds, with a verified 4.35 40, Moore is one of the more intriguing players on Purdue’s recruiting board.
What he lacks in size (and he lacks quite a bit in size) he makes up for in speed and explosion. Jeff Brohm would love to torment Big10 defense by creating nightmare matchups with Moore (which...he does already), but the Boilermakers have stiff competition.
He has a final 7 of Purdue, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Nebraska and anticipates making his college decision before the start of his senior season. Purdue received his first Official visit, so it’s probably safe to at least put the Boilermakers in the top 5.
Daved Jones - Inside Linebacker - 3*(86) - Lakota West High School - Ohio
Purdue would love to add Jones to its 2020 linebacker class. He’s an aggressive hitter with enough range to play in the middle or outside for the Boilermakers.
Jones is another sought after prospect with 11 listed offers. He recently came out with his top 4 and Purdue made the list along with Cincinnati, Michigan State and Minnesota. He visited Cincinnati on June 8th, visited Purdue last weekend and has plans to visit Michigan State this weekend.
He is thought to be leaning towards his home state Bearcats, but Purdue is solidly in the mix for his services.
Hunter Dekkers - Quarterback - 3*(85) - West Sioux High School - Iowa
Purdue and Jeff Brohm are always going to have something interesting to sell to high school quarterbacks. Dekkers recruiting has picked up recently after impressive showings on the camp circuit, but the Boilermakers are in solid shape with the lefty gunslinger from Iowa.
Dekkers has 8 listed offers but it appears that this a three horse race between Purdue, Indiana, and Iowa State. Dekkers did the tour of Indiana last weekend visiting Purdue on the 15th and then making his way to Bloomington on the 16th. He as a visit to Iowa State set up this weekend.
I’ve got the feeling that the home state Cyclones are the leader, but with the Brohm pull at Purdue, the Boilermakers have a punchers chance.
Darvon Hubbard - Running Back - 4*(90) - Willow Canyon High School - Arizona
Hubbard is interesting. I think Purdue was originally only planning on taking one back in this class, and Murphy grabbed that spot last weekend. Hubbard, however, would change Purdue’s recruiting plan if he were interested in becoming a Boilermaker.
He is an Akron, Ohio native who moved to Arizona last year. He committed early to Ohio State, but backed off in April. He has 19 listed offers, but it appears that Purdue, LSU and Tennessee are firmly entrenched in his top 3 with LSU recently named as his leader, but that was before his Purdue visit.
Purdue is in good shape with Hubbard and might even be the favorite at the moment. It’s going to be hard to keep out of the SEC. He has plans to visit LSU and Tennessee in the future, and may take all 5 visits.
Adding Hubbard and Murphy in the same class would be an incredible running back class for the Boilermakers.
Jaylen Stinson - Wide Receiver - 3*(86) - Opelika High School - Alabama
Stinson is another fast rising prospect Purdue managed to get on campus. He’s a 5’8, 160 pound slot receiver / slot corner with elite speed.
Purdue was in fairly early with an offer for Stinson, who has 12 listed offers. The Boilermakers, along with Louisville, Duke, Troy appeared to be in a 3 way race until Nebraska came through with a June offer, putting the Cornhuskers into the mix.
Purdue landed Stinsons’ first official visit, but he will most likely let the process play out now that he is picking up some momentum. He’s a guy you’ll want to keep an eye on as the 2020 class comes together.
Anytime you can add elite speed to the roster, you do it. Stinson has elite speed.