One of Purdue's greatest sagas in recruiting has come to an end. Prized offensive tackle Denzel Ward made it official to Boiler Sports Report on Saturday that he would stay solid to Purdue, that coming just hours after visiting West Lafayette for the Boilermakers' game with Nebraska.
"I see myself playing there in 2014," Ward said.
Ward was once a Michigan pledge, but later dropped his commitment to the Wolverines' 2014 class and opened up his recruitment. Not long after his Purdue commitment, Ward began exploring schools like UCLA, Oklahoma and Florida as options, hoping it would solidify his decision to become a Boilermaker. In the end, that's what happened.
It's likely that Ward will start as a true freshman, taking over at the blindside tackle for Danny Etling. With Ward locked in with Purdue, the focus now turns to keeping Drue Tranquill in the class. Even Ward acknowledged that in a tweet.
Wren down to three
One of Purdue's top prospects is inching closer to a commitment, and his most recent news is good for the Boilermakers. Three-star defensive end Renell Wren trimmed his list of favorites to three: Purdue, Arizona State and Nebraska.
"All three have good football programs," Wren said to Scout.com. "They all have a big campus environment and great academics. My mom and I will be discussing about the dates that I will take my official visits on."
Wren visited West Lafayette in June, getting a good feel for what the program holds. Those impressions are still fresh on his mind.
"They are building their football program," Wren said. "Plus they have a very rigorous curriculum and I like the campus."
No decision dates has been set for Wren. The Boilermakers are surely sitting pretty, but the Sun Devils and Cornhuskers won't be easy to beat.
Swanton visits Purdue
Ben Swanton, an offensive lineman from the great state of Wisconsin, made a return trip to West Lafayette to attend the Boilermakers' Saturday game. His most recent run on campus came during a June camp, where the new coaching staff made a strong impression. Swanton would like to be a part of the program.
"I think I fit nicely into their future plans to reshape, rebuild, and return Purdue into a top football program," Swanton said. "In fact I will be coming back in a few weeks to attend another game, either Ohio State or Iowa, and meet more of the coaching staff."
This junior is one to watch, and the Boilermaker coaching staff will be keeping a close eye on him.
Several recruits stop by
Coach Darrell Hazell has been using each game day wisely, bringing in recruits to show off the program. While the results on the field have been, uh, bad, Purdue has had success working the prospects each home game.
The Boilermakers' contest with Nebraska brought in more recruits, including names like Gary Hosey, Evan Mallory, Ben Swanton, Shane Maxey and Jacob Robinson, plus commits such as Gelen Robinson and Denzel Ward. Even if the scoreboard isn't looking pretty, Purdue can still have success on Saturdays.