Today marks the halfway point of our countdown, and in that, we feature a young defensive end that saw his first playing time last year.
Sulaiman Kpaka - So.
Grand Prairie, TX (Grand Prairie HS)
6’2”, 275 pounds
2021 Projection: Reserve
It is no secret that Purdue needs more of a pass rush. Last season it had George Karlaftis, then... (crickets). As a defensive end Kpaka might be able to provide more of a push on the side opposite big George.
Kpaka redshirted in 2019 as a three-star recruit and saw some very limited action last year. he had a tackle at Illinois, one of two games he played in. He did have a graduation story published by his high school before coming to Purdue:
There will be an opportunity for him to find the field this year. Karlaftis is the only one with a definite spot up front. The rest is up for grabs.