Recruiting Roundup: Playing Host

Purdue is playing host for some of its top recruits this week. Will the Boilermakers add to their class with a verbal commitment? Boiler Sports Report details the many headlines for Purdue recruiting.

Blough set to visit

When Purdue offered a scholarship to David Blough, the Texas gunner admitted he was close to committing on the spot. The only thing holding him back was the fact that he had never been to campus. That will change on Friday.

Given all the evidence, it's safe to begin the commitment watch for Blough. He feels Purdue could be a perfect fit and has been a Boilermaker lean ever since the offer first came in. The time on campus could seal the deal for Blough.

Purdue offers a pair on Wednesday

During Wednesday's elite camp, Purdue coaches were impressed by a pair that were in attendance, four-star defensive tackle Poona Ford and three-star cornerback Trent Sherfield. Both left West Lafayette with offers in hand.

Ford is a big, athletic defensive tackle who showed off his skills during camp. Coach Ruben Carter got a good look at Ford during camp drills and Darrell Hazell was eager to extend an offer. Ford will be tough to win over with so many offers already in, but Purdue did its part to impress him.

Sherfield is an intriguing name to watch, as it appears he's on the cusp of blowing up. He has several Big Ten offers in hand and could be adding Vanderbilt to his list this weekend. Denzel Ward names Purdue as a favorite

What does Purdue have in common with Florida, Ohio State and Oklahoma? In the case with Denzel Ward, it's one of four favorites. The three-star tackle named the Boilermakers as one of his four top schools.

Even better news for Purdue is that Ward will be on campus Friday night for a visit, where the Boilermakers can work to separate themselves from the pack. When will a decision come?

"I don't know, really," Ward said. "It's not so timeline-based; it can be from anytime this week to Signing Day. It's just whenever I feel most comfortable with pulling the trigger. I've been making pros and cons list, so whatever has the best upside for my future."

Tranquill, Barron may be in line for offers

Drue Tranqull is a big guy, standing at more than 200 pounds. So the fact that he ran his 40-yard dash at 4.49 is impressive. The Fort Wayne linebacker wowed the Purdue staff while stopping by Tuesday's camp, and an offer could now be in store. Tranquill, a three-star prospect, could be on the verge of blowing up. He has several MAC offers in hand and only one major-conference offer, coming from Cincinnati. The Boilermakers may be next.

The case of Kirk Barron is intriguing. The in-state lineman is a current Ohio Bobcat commit, but was at Purdue's lineman camp on Saturday—competing with a friend, as he said. However, Barron was so impressive, he may have complicated his recruitment. Purdue now must decide whether Barron will get an offer. If it happens, his Ohio commitment may be reevaluated.

Brandon Lee liking Purdue

The new Purdue staff only recently gave Brandon Lee an offer. Now, it's a key contender in his recruitment. The four-star linebacker has built a close relationship with Purdue's Marcus Freeman, one of the main reasons he's high on the Boilermakers.

"I liked that he's a younger guy," said Lee of Freeman. "I actually watched him play at Ohio State. He can relates more to you and everything that's going on with you, he understands. He has played recently and knows exactly what he's talking about. He's a down-to-earth guy. You can talk to him and have a causal conversation, as well."

Lee is an interesting prospect. He has received national attention but is likely to stay in the Midwest. Northwestern appears to be the team to beat for Lee, but Freeman is doing his best to keep Purdue in the hunt.

The host with the most

Purdue has rolled out the red—err, gold?—carpet several times in the past week for key visitors. It started late last week with receiver Terry McLaurin, who stopped by West Lafayette on his swing of visits. Then, the weekend brought in Noah Furbush and Gelen Robinson for camps. The most recent visitor was three-star running back D'cota Dixon, who was on campus on Wednesday.

The visits get bigger this weekend with David Blough and four-star defensive tackle Denzel Ward on campus, as well as nearly 200 campers at Friday night's camp.

Extra Points

- Top tight end Mike Gesicki appears to be very interested in Purdue, admitting it's a school that has staying power in his recruitment. Coach Gerad Parker has led a strong recruitment of the New Jersey native.

- Big defensive tackle Deion Eakins, a product of the Sunshine State, traveled from Jacksonville to attend Purdue's lineman camp. The rising junior is a name to watch moving forward.

- Purdue wraps up its camps on Friday with the Elite Camp. This will be the busiest camp yet. Follow Boiler Sports Report for full coverage.

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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