Class Snapshot: Purdue
Austin Appleby
Austin Appleby
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Jul 27, 2011

The Boilermakers have five commitments so far, and we take a look through them, as well as who they may add in the future.

Purdue has five commitments right now, so they have work to do to fill the class out, but they have picked up some good players, including two from in-state, a place where they have sometimes been criticized for not emphasizing enough.

Big Get:
Barnegat (NJ) tight end Ryan Morris had amassed quite the offer list, but the Boilers beat out conference foes Illinois and Indiana, as well as South Carolina, Syracuse, Cincinnati, and others for his services. He's a big, sure handed target who should excel in their offense.

One that Got Away:
Purdue had offered Warren Central (Ind.) WR Kevin Davis, and he visited campus, but he and his brother, Jordan Wallace chose in-state rival Indiana.

Commitment Notes:
The Boilers did have success at Warren Central with safety Jordan Shine, a 6'0, 175-lb kid who really lays the lumber and is capable of playing deep in coverage. I think he'll be a special teams maven early on too.

Quarterback Austin Appleby from North Canton Hoover was chosen to the Elite 11 this year. The big, 6'5, 225-lb signal caller had a good junior year that was cut short by injury. This summer at camps, we saw him at only roughly 80%, but our national staff thought he did well at the Elite 11 and the Boilers may have stolen one other schools backed off of because of injury.

Safety Jimmy Herman had a great summer and added offers because of it. An athletic 6'4, 205-lb kid, he is slated to move to linebacker in college and we feel he can do that. The Carmel High coaches believe he is underrated and a top notch athlete.

Purdue has also added Charlotte kicker Paul Griggs, who kicking guru Chris Sailer calls one of the best in the nation.

Looking Ahead
Herman's teammate, defensive end Shawn Heffern is a great sized, athletic prospect who is down to Purdue and Indiana. He should be deciding soon.

The Boilers have always done well in Florida and cornerback Tion Green, running back Danny Dillard and offensive tackle Robert Conyers are among their top prospects this year. Wide receiver Drico Johnson is another who will give Purdue another look.

Within the state, Jeffersonville wide receiver Tyrone Williams favors the Boilers. Another wideout, Pike's Aloyis Gray also holds an offer. Former Pike linebacker and current Arizona Western (JC) prospect Steffon Martin holds an offer, as does teammate, 6'6 offensive tackle Devin Smith.

One prospect we think Purdue is near the top for is Gibraltar Carlson (Mich.) offensive tackle Kodi Kieler.

Although one tight end is already committed, we feel Purdue is in strong shape with Washington product Caleb Smith.

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