Recruiting Roundup: The hunters

Purdue is in the mix for several of its top prospects. In this basketball recruiting notebook, Boiler Sports Report gives a look at several of Purdue's priority targets.

Making a play McIntosh

Purdue has made point guard Bryant McIntosh a high priority in its 2014 class. However, its chances to land the in-state product aren't looking too good.

This past weekend, McIntosh visited Northwestern and new coach Chris Collins, bringing his entire family—grandparents included—along for the trip. It's becoming apparent that the Wildcats are the team to beat. Nick Medline, publisher of Scout's Northwestern site, has done an excellent job covering McIntosh's recruitment.

"I had an excellent visit to Northwestern," McIntosh told Medline. "People are going to have to come out and really show me how much they want me to be with their program… Northwestern did a great job of that."

The Boilermakers are certainly a player, too. They hosted McIntosh in West Lafayette on August 1st and he offered strong reviews. But if you read between the lines, McIntosh will be a tough one to win.

The good news to come from this is that McIntosh isn't going to give a verbal commitment until October, after taking some more visits. This will give Matt Painter and crew plenty of time to make a play for the point guard.

Haas to visit soon

Another major priority for Purdue is four-star center Isaac Haas. His recruitment is shaping up favorably for the Boilermakers. Haas has Purdue as one of his five favorites—along with Texas A&M, UAB, Virginia and Wake Forest—and will visit West Lafayette on August 23rd.

"Their big man conversation rate has been great," said Haas of Purdue. "Their percentage of throwing it in the post is better than anybody in the Big Ten. Coach Painter has been calling me a lot and keeping in touch. They have just been tearing up my phone."

With a strong showing on the visit, Purdue can put itself at the top of Haas's recruitment. Time will tell how this recruitment shapes up but the signs look good for the Boilermakers.

Could Harrell be closing in?

Purdue was late in the game on shooting guard Ronnie Harrell, but it's sure not missing out. The Boilermakers are one of several schools in the hunt for the Denver native.

Harrell is eyeing a verbal commitment before the start of his senior season, but that's not a set plan. It's all about what feels right.

"I want to have it done before, but, I mean, I'm not rushing it or anything" Harrell said to "I'm just going to decide when I feel like I've found the right school."

Swanigan making moves

Rising sophomore center Caleb Swanigan has decided to give up football. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive tackle certainly had a bright future on the gridiron, but his basketball recruitment is all coming together.

Swanigan added his first high-major offers—Illinois, Michigan State and Tennessee—after the open-evaluation month of July. Purdue could be one of the next schools to jump in, having seen him several times this summer including once at Elite Camp in West Lafayette.

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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