Purdue definitely needed help in the transfer market on the defensive side of the ball, so it went and got some this offseason.
Chris Jefferson - Grad Transfer
Euclid, OH (Findlay)
5’11”, 190 pounds
2021 Projection: Potential Starter
Jefferson comes to Purdue after a three year career at Division II Findlay, where he was one of the best defensive backs in the country at that level. Last season he was his conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team Division II All-American. He had 25 tackles in six games and added both a pick-6 and a fumble-six. In his last full season in 2019 he was also an All-American, with 62 tackles and a Division II leading NINE interceptions.
It sounds like he is exactly what Purdue needs in the secondary: a disruptive ballhawk that can play the ball in the air. He will challenge to be a starter at safety and should be a major asset even as a reserve.
Christian Gelov - F.r (RS)
Noblesville, IN (Guerin Catholic HS)
6’, 175 pounds
2021 Projection: Reserve
Gelov is a local walk-on, but he comes to Purdue after spending a year as a walk-in in Texas at TCU. He did not play there, but he played three years at Guerin Catholic in Noblesville. there he threw for 2,594 yards and 23 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 611 yards and six scores. In his last two seasons he was starter as Guerin went 6-5, losing in the sectional semifinals each year. Of the five losses though seven were to state powers Brebeuf, Roncalli, and Chatard, with another in the tournament to West Lafayette with Yanni Karlaftis.