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Purdue Football Recruiting: Monday Update

We’ve got a Painter vs Crean situation football.

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Hey y’all, it’s almost time for actual football, but a few interesting things are happening in the 2020 recruiting class that I thought I should mention.

Maliq Carr

Carr has been considered a heavy Purdue lean by all the recruiting “experts” but his recruitment just took an interesting turn. Most people thought that the only team with an outside shot to beat Purdue was the home state Wolverines. That doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. This is going to be a Purdue vs Georgia battle for the jumbo wide receiver.

Purdue and Georgia are the two schools most receptive to Carr playing both football and basketball and that’s why they are in his final 2.

That’s right folks, we’re getting another round of Painter vs Crean, but this time for a football recruit. Purdue is still the odds on favorite for Carr, who is set to announce his intentions on October 11th, but if Georgia decides to go all-in on Carr at wide receiver, Purdue is going to have a fight on its hands.

Also, just for the record, Carr is 100% determined to play wide receiver and not tight end, and gets offended when playing tight end is even mentioned. Brohm is willing to let the 6’3, 230 pound athlete play wide receiver, and Painter is willing to give him a shot to play basketball. This puts Purdue in great overall shape...but Georgia makes me nervous.

Courtland Ford

Ford is one of 2 new offensive tackle offers Purdue sent out last week. He is a 3*(87), 6’6, 305 pound offensive tackle out of Cedar Hill, Texas. Ford was previously committed to LSU, but backed off that commitment on June 11th. He has offers from all over the country, but at this point, it’s hard to tell how many of them are actually committable offers. I know that if he called up Purdue and committed today, the Boilermakers would gladly accept.

Purdue is getting in extremely late for the big man from Texas, but I think they have a legit shot to at least have him listen to what they are offering. Purdue needs another lineman (if not 2) in this class, and Ford would be a great pick up.

James Pogorelc

Pogorelc is a 3* (88), 6’7, 260 pound offensive tackle out of Chantilly, Virginia. He is an interesting prospect because he has shot up the recruiting rankings at 247 over the summer, picking up numerous offers.

Unlike Ford, Purdue isn’t that far behind on Pogorelc. Before June, his only offer was from UMass, now he holds offers from Wake, Syracuse, Indiana, Illinois, UCLA and Purdue. Basically, anyone still in the market for an offensive tackle is trying to get in on his recruitment and land a visit.

In terms of comparison, he reminds me of current Boilermaker Eric Miller. He’s got the same tall, wide frame that is just begging to be built up to 300 pounds. He’s also a solid basketball player. This is one of the reasons that he hasn’t filled out yet. Basketball isn’t exactly a sport conducive to packing on the pounds. Purdue would love to get the rangy tackle prospect on campus for a game this fall. I think Purdue has a decent overall shot with the fast rising Pogorelc.