Part of Purdue's recruiting board took a hit this week, with two of its top outside linebacker prospects offering a verbal elsewhere. East St. Louis (Ill.) product Kyron Watson started the week by committing to Kansas; the next day, a bigger hit came when three-star linebacker Chris Frey gave his verbal to Michigan State, with the Boilermakers as his second choice.
There are still several interesting options at the outside linebacker position, none more important than Indianapolis native Brandon Lee, the four-star recruit. Lee is one of Purdue's top prospects on the entire board, and the Boilermakers do have a solid shot at landing his services. Other names at the position include Tampa Jesuit (Fla.) product Vincent Jackson and Kenton (OH) standout Noah Furbush.
Purdue started its recruitment of Mardre London the right way, immediately offering a scholarship. Assistant Ruben Carter was visiting at national power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) and extended an offer to the standout running back, asking him to give the Boilermakers a good look.
London, a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, is the complete back and has been the premier playmaker on a talented team. He holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers and more, so it won't be easy to win him over, especially by joining the mix now. However, it can't hurt to jump into the mix and go calling for London.
Continuing the cradle?
With freshman Danny Etling on campus and three redshirt freshmen also on the depth chart, the quarterback position isn't a requirement for the Boilermakers' 2014 recruiting class. That hasn't stopped them from recruiting the position, with offers out to three prospects—DeShone Kizer, Trace McSorley and David Blough.
While Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop feels confident he can mold Etling or Austin Appleby into a premier Big Ten player, but this class offers him the chance to hand pick his own quarterback. The Boilermakers' best odds are with Blough, the Austin, Texas native who received his offer just last week.
-- Adarius Pickett is one of the west's top cornerbacks, but he may not even play football in college. The El Cerrito (Calif.) product is also a highly-recruited baseball player. He'll have a tough decision to make.
-- Purdue extended a scholarship offer to Mount Pleasant, Texas receiver Kd Cannon this week. He holds nearly two-dozen offers.
-- Several of Purdue's top tight end targets have fallen off the board, leaving the Boilermakers with just one still holding a scholarship offer; four-star standout Bryce Dixon of St. Bonaventure (Calif.) High School. It's likely that Purdue will take a tight end in this class, but the evaluation for targets is still ongoing.