Give credit to Darrell Hazell and his coaching staff, because despite Purdue's disappointing (putting it kindly) 1-11 season, the program's recruiting efforts remain strong. When attempting to sell the Boilermakers' future, a dismal 2013 could serve as a major setback in swaying recruits. However, Hazell and his coaches have had success. There's likely more of it to come this weekend.
Here comes another potentially rewarding recruiting weekend. The Boilermakers will look to close on some of their top 2014 targets while getting a great start on the 2015 recruiting efforts.
The most important names include JUCO tackles A.J. Allen and Miguel Machado (committed to Washington State), both high priorities to fill the offensive line; a pair of prospects committed elsewhere, tight end Darryl Long (Kentucky) and guard Bearooz Yacoobi (Northern Illinois); plus, a trio of junior four-star prospects, quarterback Elijah Sindelar (more on him below), tight end Jackson Harris and receiver Van Jefferson.
With Signing Day fast approaching, it's likely Purdue will seal the deal with several of these prospects—or at least will be in a comfortable position before a final decision. Both Allen and Machado will likely see out the rest of their recruitments until close to Signing Day. However, both Long and Yacoobi could be potential pledges this weekend.
The full list of recruits is up on the Fort Mollenkopf insider board, and updates will be posted throughout the weekend.
Next up in the Cradle?
Meet Elijah Sindelar, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback from the small town of Princeton, Kentucky. This junior gunslinger may be the next in line for Purdue's ‘Cradle of Quarterbacks' tradition.
Sindelar was scouted out by Gerad Parker, the Boilermakers' tight ends coach who is a specialist in recruiting the Bluegrass State. On Thursday, head coach Darrell Hazell popped in to visit Sindelar and left impressed. So, that brings us to this weekend.
Sindelar, along with a pair of other four-star juniors, will be on campus in West Lafayette and the Boilermakers will be ready to make a move. An offer is likely to come, and Purdue will do its best to make a push for a commitment.
The Boilermakers have built a strong relationship with the Kentucky quarterback and are sitting pretty.
Jonesing for another school?
Anytime a committed recruit chooses to visit another school this late in the game, it's something to worry about. But when the school is a football factory like Nebraska, it's really something to grow some concern. Purdue cornerback commit Chris Jones may be on his way out of the Boilermakers' 2014 class.
Jones, who switched his commitment from South Florida to Purdue in December, is set to visit with the Cornhuskers this weekend. An offer could be on the way and a tough decision would follow. Purdue really fell in love with Jones's game during his senior season, finding a hidden gem in the Bulls' recruiting class. Now, they'll have to work to keep him.