There are two key positions to fill in the final weeks before Signing Day: tackle and defensive end. Now, offensive tackle is the most important priority, especially after the departure of Denzel Ward. While Martesse Patterson is an option on offense, he's more likely to be on the other side of the ball. There are a few key targets still on the board:
-- A.J. Allen, 2-Star JUCO Tackle -- After Miguel Machado dropped off the board, Allen became a top priority. The Grossmont (Calif.) College product will visit Purdue on January 15, one of two remaining visits left. Cincinnati, Kansas, Kansas State and USF are the others in contention.
-- Dominic Granado, 2-Star JUCO Tackle -- Just a freshman at Golden West (Calif.) College, Granado is considering offers from right different schools. Cal is largely considered the team to beat but Purdue will do its best to land the 285-pound tackle.
-- Kelby Johnson, Unranked JUCO Tackle -- Another California JUCO product, Kelby Johnson has two years of eligibility left and Purdue hopes for those to be used in West Lafayette. Kansas and USF are among the favorites, but Purdue remains in the hunt.
If Purdue is unable to land one of its top three tackle prospects, it will have to reevaluate its next options. Obviously, there isn't a whole lot left on the board. The Boilermakers need to land one or two more tackles to this class.
As for defensive ends, those will be tough to find, too. A name to watch is Kendrick Hair, the three-star prospect from Orlando. However, the Boilermakers will have to beat out Cincinnati, Louisville, Marshall and South Carolina.
The open-contact period reopens on January 15, and you better believe the coaches will be working hard to close this class with a bang.