Recruiting Roundup: The next step

Purdue set the foundation for its class, but needs to expand upon that. In this week's recruiting notebook, a look at what Purdue needs to fill its recruiting class. Go inside with this Boiler Sports Report feature.

Moving on after Noah Furbush

Losing out on Noah Furbush will sting for the Purdue coaching staff. The three-star linebacker, who committed to Michigan on Monday, was one of the Boilermakers' top prospects. He visited West Lafayette in early June and spoke highly of the program. All indications were positive. The loss hurts even more considering he's now the fourth outside linebacker Purdue has missed on. Still, the Boilermakers must move on.

If there's any good to take from this news, it's that Michigan may have filled up on its scholarships at linebacker. This means that four-star prospect Drue Tranquill will likely be forced to cut ties with the Wolverines. Purdue has done good work in recruiting Tranquill, even before he earned an offer last month and began to blow up. A betting man may peg Tranquill to Purdue.

A few names to watch as well are Brendyn McKinnon and Patrick Shaw, a pair of in-state linebacker prospects Purdue has been watching for a while. Offers could be coming their way.

Robinson readying for his decision

It may be time for Gelen Robinson to give his verbal commitment. Since the beginning, Purdue has been pushing hard for the Lake Central (Ind.) High School star. A reward could be in the works.

Robinson stated that the two schools standing out the most are Purdue and Illinois, though he hasn't made any cuts in his recruitment and doesn't have any favorites. Still, read between the line and Purdue can be considered the favorite. Robinson is waiting for the right feel from his future school; then a decision will come.

"I'll know when the time is right," said Robinson of a future commitment. "Hopefully, if I can get it out of the way this summer, that would be great, but I want the time to be right for it."

Tackling needs on ‘D'

Purdue's recruiting class currently stands at six; five offensive players and one specialist. So who's going to play defense?

The two names featured above would help turn Purdue's 2014 class into a very strong bunch. Both Tranquill and Robinson are Purdue's top prospects on defense. Some other names to monitor include Poona Ford, Tren Sherfield an D'Cota Dixon, who each camped at Purdue during the month of June.

If Purdue is to lose out on some more of its top defenders remaining on the board, then the coaches will have to really dig deep to fill needs in this class.

Blough blowing up

A quick search of ‘David Blough' on Twitter should give a decent indication as to how the quarterback's week has gone at Elite 11 Camp. He ranks atop the camp's standing as the No. 1 quarterback. In early May, Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop scouted out the Carrolton, Texas quarterback who didn't have a single offer in hand. Shoop offered on the spot, and the Boilermakers sealed the deal in June. Purdue fans shouldn't be too concerned about Blough's rise, as he appears to be firmly committed to the program.

The book on McGehee

Just one week ago, the name Austin McGehee wouldn't have registered for most Purdue fans. Now, he could be the future at kicker and punter for the Boilermakers. The Pine Bluff, Arkansas native snatched up Purdue's offer just two days after it was extended by head coach Darrell Hazell. So what is Purdue getting in its new specialist?

As a high school junior, McGehee was First-Team All-State in Arkansas as he hit 14 of 18 field goals and went 66 of 68 on extra point attempts. He also averaged 44.1 yards per punt and put 61 of his 70 kickoffs into the end zone. McGehee works with kicking guru Chris Sailer, who rates him as a 4.5-star prospect.

Extra Points

-- Even college coaches get some time away for vacation. Shortly after landing Austin McGehee, head coach Darrell Hazell left with his family for a vacation. Most of the staff is out of the office this week for some time away. For any coach, a vacation is certainly deserved.

-- Purdue is one of 13 favorites—thirteen!—for four-star cornerback Adarius Pickett. This is the work of coach Marcus Freeman, who has done a terrific job building connections on the west coast.

-- The Boilermakers are still sitting in a decent spot with linebacker T.J. Posey, but they'll have to win him away from several SEC schools.

-- Purdue's recruiting class currently ranks 66th in the nation and 11th in the Big Ten, just behind Indiana. With the additions of names like Tranquill and Robinson, that would certainly change.

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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