Recruiting Roundup: The names to know

In this week's Boiler Sports Report recruiting roundup, a look at several of Purdue's priority prospects and some names to watch out for.

Blough sets visit with Boilermakers

Ever since Purdue became the first school to offer David Blough, the Creekview (TX) High School quarterback has held the Boilermakers in high regard. After receiving the offer, Blough suggested to Boiler Sports Report that a visit to West Lafayette could lead to a verbal commitment. This past week, he set a date to see campus.

Blough called Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop, his lead recruiter, and set a trip to West Lafayette for June 14. All indications have Blough as a Boilermaker lean, so a visit on campus could seal the deal. However, a recent offer from Memphis could create some competition.

Purdue has made Blough one of its top priorities at the quarterback position. Shoop feels he's a perfect fit for the Boilermakers' new offense.

"Coach (John) Shoop said we can make a formidable team at Purdue," Blough said to "It felt great to get that first offer."

Purdue working for Gelen Robinson

Gelen Robinson is the son of a Purdue legend, but he isn't letting that affect his recruitment. Just because Glenn Robinson is his father, the Lake Central (Ind.) defensive end isn't giving the Boilermakers preferential treatment. Even so, Purdue is sitting pretty in his recruitment.

While Robinson has yet to narrow his list of options, it appears the Boilermakers are in the hunt. Purdue's recruitment of Robinson has been led by assistant coaches Marcus Freeman and Jafar Williams, who visited with him in school just last week.

"I've been keeping in contact with them a lot," Robinson said in an interview with Boiler Sports Report last week . "They're a very good coaching staff, because I've talked to a lot of the players; [former high school teammate and current Purdue freshman] David Yancey has great things to say. Overall, it's a great, great school."

Better late than never?

Indianapolis wide receiver Cameron Polk has drawn interest from schools all across the Midwest. Only now has Purdue begun to express interest. Offensive coordinator John Shoop recently popped in Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High School and made it known that the receiver could be in Purdue's plans.

"It was kind of a surprise visit, since I haven't been in contact with them," said Polk of Shoop's stop at school. "But I'm glad I had the visit."

The only catch is that Polk is a heavy lean to Louisville and may be closing in on his decision. Polk does not hold an offer from the Boilermakers. If they really want him, they'll have to move fast.

Applefield is a Purdue prospect

The Boilermakers are working the Sunshine State for a highly touted offensive tackle. Marcus Applefield has 16 scholarship offers on the table with a list that includes Purdue, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Missouri, Rutgers, South Florida, West Virginia and more.

In a recent interview with, Applefield said Purdue is one of the schools recruiting him the hardest. He has yet to name a leader or narrow his list, but the Boilermakers are giving their best effort to be in the mix.

Extra Points

-- Safety Joel Iyiegbuniwe of South Warren (Ky.) High School is an intriguing prospect. He has drawn interest from several schools, including Purdue, but does not have an offer. The Boilermakers will work him out in a summer camp and he's aiming to earn an offer.

-- Four-star receiver Alex Van Dyke holds 20 scholarship offers—most coming from the west coast—but sits at the top of Purdue's recruiting board. The 6-foot-4 target says he's not going to rush to a decision and will evaluate all options.

-- Purdue recently extended a scholarship offer to three-star tight end prospect Mike Gesicki. Boiler Sport Report offers a look at his highlight film: Here is that link.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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