Eakins stands out at Purdue

Jacksonville (Fla.) defensive tackle Deion Eakins made a strong impression at Purdue's camp. Boiler Sports Report offers the details of his recruitment.

The turf was burning up at Purdue's Saturday camp, with the big linemen on hand dripping in sweat. The sun was beating down from sky making it difficult for most on hand. Not the lone product from Florida in attendance.

Deion Eakins was feeling good at Purdue's linemen camp. The heat didn't slow him down one bit.

"I performed pretty well," said Eakins after the drills were done. "The heat is really nothing because I'm from Florida. It's actually cool out here today."

A native of Jacksonville and standout defensive tackle at Trinity Christian Academy, Eakins traveled to the Midwest looking to make an impression at camps. He visited Cincinnati the night before for the Bearcats' camp.

Eakins met with Purdue assistant Gerad Parker weeks ago and was encouraged to come show his stuff in camp.

"He told me to come up here and impress the coaches," said Eakins. "That's what I did."

At the camp, Eakins started as just another face in the crowd, but caught the coaches' eyes quickly. He received some individual attention from defensive line coach Ruben Carter and defensive coordinator Greg Hudson.

Eakins' strong performance in West Lafayette may have put him in line for an offer from the Boilermakers down the road.

"They all like me," Eakins said of the coaches. "They can't believe I'm the class of 2015. I really caught a lot of eyes today. It may be something sooner than later."

Though Jacksonville is a long way off from West Lafayette, Eakins still knows plenty about Purdue. He has been following along with the program in past seasons, though is still working to learn about the new coaching staff.

"The atmosphere, the fans, the stadium," he said when asked what stands out about Purdue. "I've seen a couple of games and the fans are die-hard, crazy fans, there to cheer you on no matter what."

Thanks to his strong showing at camp, the Purdue coaches could be telling him much more about the program.

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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