The 2018 Purdue Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 7
Purdue Recruiting Class Overview
Head coach Jeff Brohm didn’t have any time to work last year, but now he’s had a year to show what he can do, and the results are there.
Purdue will never crank up a class in the same stratospheres as the Ohio States and Penn States of the world, but it’s a good one that loads up on the defensive front, doesn’t do anything for the back seven, and is light on the offensive backfield.
It’s not exactly a class just for the infrastructure – the receiving corps is getting a whole slew of stars who want to be a part of the offensive fun – and QB Jack Plummer is a good one, but the lines are getting the most love, especially …
The Purdue Class Is Heavy On (so far) …
The Boilermakers need bodies to start getting into the backfield more, and they’re getting versatile pass rushers who should be killers once they beef up a bit. Brandon Dean out of Indianapolis, Kelvin Stokes out of Alabama, and tackle Lawrence Johnson out of Fort Wayne should form the nucleus for the near future. If one or two of the recruits can add to the rotation right away, all the better.
The Star of the Purdue Class Is …
WR Amad Anderson, 6-1, 170
Or Kory Taylor out of Ohio, or Rondale Moore out of Kentucky. They’re all talented targets, and they’re all going to be expecting to push for time as soon as humanly possible.
The 6-5, 200-pound Taylor is intriguing because of his size, but Anderson has the upside to be the main man with the shiftiness to go along with the size. Wisconsin, NC State and Maryland were in the mix for his services.
The Purdue Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The defensive line is a massive issue, too, but losing Ja’Whaun Bentley, T.J. McCollum and Danny Ezechukwu is a massive problem for a defense that made big strides forward last season.
6-1, 225-pound Jaylan Alexander is a good-looking linebacker, but in terms of potentially seeing any time right away for a big hole on the D, once again, look to the incoming pass rushers.