Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Purdue Boilermakers recruiting class.
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THERE we go. This is the recruiting class Purdue fans have been waiting a long, long time for. Jeff Brohm just nailed it with this group, putting the Boilermaker class among the top 25 overall and as good as any the school has come up with in a long, long time.
The late, wonderful Joe Tiller once joked with me that he’d just love to have the four and five-star guys know where Purdue is. Brohm didn’t get any elite of the elite prospects, but he came up with a whole slew of four-star types.
And here come the pass catchers. With this offense, and with Rondale Moore emerging on the scene as a true freshman, a few great receivers made their way to West Lafayette after four were brought in last year. Milton Wright isn’t Moore, but he’s got the talent to be a big No. 1 target.
For the second straight year, Brohm didn’t do much for the defensive interior. Steven Faucheaux is a big-time prospect who had his choices, but Purdue needs more like him.
The class might be light on defensive tackles, but George Karlaftis was a massive get on the end. He had his choice of any school – including Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State – but the West Lafayette native stayed home. He has special upside at defensive end.
Where are they going to put Mershawn Rice? He has the size and the quickness to be a killer receiver, but with a little work, he has next-level upside at corner. He’ll be a fun prospect.
Purdue’s biggest issue coming into the season is on the offensive line. Last year’s class of offensive linemen is stronger than this year’s group, and the hope has to be for some to to be a part of the depth chart in a big hurry.
Spencer Evans was a terrific weapon last year, hitting 18-of-23 field goals. JD Dellinger should be ready to take over, but new recruit Brooks Cormier left Tuscaloosa, Alabama to push for the gig right away.
Brohm didn’t go to Louisville. The team showed it could be a regular on the bowl circuit, and it proved it can be a whole lot of fun. With this class, it seems like the Boilermakers are just getting started.