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Purdue Football Recruiting: Friday Update

We’re in a recruiting dead period, but recruiting never dies.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: APR 06 Purdue Spring Game Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’re in the middle of the summer “dead period” in recruiting, but there is still some goings on worth discussing.

Michael Redding III Commits to Miami

Redding committing to Miami was a surprise/ Redding not committing to Purdue wasn’t particularly shocking.

Purdue was on the periphery of Redding’s recruiting, and I thought his interest in Purdue was a little overstated. This takes another 4* player off the board, but convincing Redding to join Purdue’s crowded recruiting depth chart was a pipe dream.

Maliq Carr Watch

Carr continues to be the top rated player (that I know of) on Purdue’s recruiting board and it looks like Purdue is still in good shape. If you’re into the 247 “Crystal Ball” Carr is still trending towards Purdue, with several 247 recruiting big hitters putting their money on the Boilermakers.

Carr recently posted several twitter pictures with him in different college jerseys. There were pictures of Carr in Georgia, Michigan, and Kentucky. Purdue made the twitter cut, and had the coolest picture, which is silly to talk about, but it’s the dead period.

Waiting on Max Melton

Purdue is all in on Max Melton, a 3* CB out of New Jersey. Melton is at the top of Purdue’s CB wish list, and the Boilermakers need 1, if not 2, DBs in this class.

Purdue safety commit Antonio Stevens is ready to team up with current commit Sanousii Kane and Melton in the Boilermaker secondary.

Melton is going to announce his commitment on July 16th. Purdue is considered the odds on favorite for the talented New Jersey corner, but a late push by Rutgers could complicate things. Melton’s older brother is a starting receiver for the Scarlett Knights, and Rutgers recently hosted Melton for an official visit.

I still like Purdue’s chances.

Number Crunch?

I see a lot of talk about just how many scholarships Purdue has available for the 2020 class. The general consensus is that this will be a 14-15 player class. This class will be smallish, but don’t be surprised if it creeps up close to 20 commits when all is said and done.

Purdue has experienced a significant amount of attrition from Brohm’s first two classes, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more defections (don’t have anyone specific in mind) from those two classes.

It’s almost impossible to nail down the exact number of scholarships available in any given season. The only people that know the exact number is the coaching staff, and even they only have a vague idea. Basically, Purdue will take as many players as they can.

I expect Purdue to secure all of their current commits in the first signing window and try and get in late on a couple of bigger names for the second signing window. A strong start to the 2019 season would help that plan significantly.