Delving into defense

Purdue is beginning to fill its 2014 class, but still has yet to add a prospect on the defensive side of the ball. Boiler Sports Report gives a look at some of the Boilermakers' top targets on defense.

Though it took a bit of a wait, Purdue finally has some momentum brewing in its 2014 recruiting class. The big splash that Denzel Ward brought the Boilermakers last weekend has the program buzzing.

Purdue has five prospects pledged to its next recruiting class, with some potential talent in the bag. The issue, though, is that the Boilermakers have yet to land a defensive player. With that in mind, we look at some of the defenders Purdue is in the hunt for.

Poona Ford, 4-Star Defensive Tackle—This is a fairly new development for Purdue's recruiting world, but it's definitely an exciting one. The Boilermakers just recently jumped into the mix with an offer for Ford after he impressed at their one-day camp. The South Carolina native left West Lafayette impressed with the program and Purdue may have found its way in as an option.
Purdue's Chances: Low

Gelen Robinson, 3-Star Defensive End—Poona Ford is fairly new to Purdue's recruiting board. Gelen Robinson certainly is not. The Lake Central (Ind.) High School star has long been one of the Boilermakers' top targets. The name obviously carries some recognition because he's the son of former Purdue basketball great Glenn Robinson, but Gelen is a prize to the football coaches for his incredible athleticism. Gelen could be a monster on the football field, just like his father was on the hardcourt.
Purdue's Chances: High

Drue Tranquill, 4-Star Outside Linebacker—When Purdue began recruiting Drue Tranquill, the Fort Wayne product was an under-recruited prospect with just a few MAC offers on the table. Now, he's a four-star linebacker with several major-conference offers. Tranquill matches ideal outside linebacker size with great athleticism, and he has shown it off during camp season. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash time at Purdue and was offered several days later. The Boilermakers have made Tranquill a recruiting priority. He's a secret no more.
Purdue's Chances: High

Noah Furbush, 3-Star Outside Linebacker—Noah Furbush is another outside linebacker who fits the mold that Purdue is looking for. The Kenton (OH) star was on Purdue's campus just a few weeks ago and the Boilermakers made a strong impression. Furbush will be harder to win over than Tranquill, as his recruitment has been moving full speed since the start. He has more than 10 offers on the table already.
Purdue's Chances: Medium

Trent Sherfield, 3-Star Safety—Trent Sherfield joked it felt that John Shoop has been recruiting him forever. Finally, the Danville, Illinois native came to Purdue for its one-day camp, showed off his skills and left with a scholarship offer. The talented safety has been in Purdue's plans for several months, but things have taken that next step. Still, the Boilermakers have some tough competition to fight off if they want to win over Sherfield.
Purdue's Chances: Medium

D'Cota Dixon, 3-Star Safety—The same day which saw Trent Sherfield on campus, another one of Purdue's top safety prospects was visiting. Three-star prospect D'Cota Dixon made the long trek from Florida to check out the Boilermakers. Dixon is a talented two-way player—also a running back for New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High School—and has great athleticism.
Purdue's Chances Low

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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