The Boilermakers have another transfer offensive lineman in the mix, and this one has experience.
DJ Wingfield was originally a JUCO standout, appearing in (and starting in most of) all 22 games in his two years at El Camino College in Alondra Park, California. From there, the Los Angeles native found a home at the University of New Mexico. Unfortunately, he suffered an ACL injury in his first game for the Lobos, in which he was a starter, earning him a medical redshirt. He played just six snaps in that game.
In his redshirt junior season, Wingfield was clearly the standout offensive tackle for UNM, earning a pass protection grade of 79.0. He allowed just one sack in 316 snaps at right tackle. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.
Side note: I enjoy how 247 lists the three-star transfer as both an interior OL and as a tackle. He’s definitely a tackle, but that brings us to...
What This Means For Purdue on the Field
As the injury-plagued Purdue offensive line featured guards like Marcus Mbow playing out of their natural interior positions, this is a huge addition for Purdue. At 6’4” and 290 pounds, he’s got good length and footwork to avoid getting beaten, as shown with his pass pro grade from Pro Football Focus.
With Mbow, Gus Hartwig, and Mahamane Moussa returning, Wingfield with his playing experience is a huge missing puzzle piece for the Boilers. Keep in mind, Ryan Walters and his staff have already secured more depth with the additions of Corey Stewart and Joey Tanona, a lot of next year’s rotational OL is mostly in place. Note: Tanona is returning to football after a car crash, so don’t expect to see him rotating immediately.
Which then brings us to...
What This Means For Purdue in Recruiting
I see the staff going after one, maybe two more offensive linemen, but so far so good. Obviously having lost a ton of skill position players and defenders, that’s going to be the next priority, but immediately addressing the needs on the offensive line (and the commitment from defensive lineman Jamarius Dinkins) settles a lot of concerns on both sides of the line of scrimmage.