Getting a true freshman to come in on the offensive line and play immediately is rare, especially at Purdue. We don't get those 4- and 5-star lineman that are immediately ready often, but last year we did.
Gus Hartwig - So.
Zionsville, IN (Zionsville HS)
6’5”, 305 pounds
2021 Projection: Starter
Hartwig was very, very good early in his career, and will be a star on the line for the next three seasons. As a true freshman he played in all six games, made three starts, and was even honorable mention all-Big Ten. That is fantastic for a true freshman lineman.
Hartwig’s versatility means he can play both center and guard, which will pay huge dividends going forward. It means Purdue’s only real question up front is the open left tackle position. According to his bio he was the first true freshman to start up front for Purdue since 2008.
In the near future we could potentially see a pair of Hartwig's at Purdue. His younger brother Gunnar is a promising tight end at Zionsville and helped them reach last seasons’ Class 5A state championship game with 16 catches for 161 yards and 3 TDs.