Recruiting Roundup: Sindelar sets the tone

Could four-star receiver Van Jefferson join Purdue's class? Boiler Sports Report looks at the latest in the Boilermakers' recruiting efforts.

Sindelar sets the course

For the beginning of the Boilermakers' "Gold Rush" movement, there couldn't have been a better starting point than four-star quarterback Elijah Sindelar. With the talented Kentucky gunslinger, Purdue not only adds an elite player, but somebody to build its class around.

Obviously, adding a quarterback is essential for any recruiting class, but in this case, it adds insentive for playmakers to join Purdue's 2015 group. A four-star receiver like Van Jefferson isn't going to pick Purdue to join a top tackle, but he'll be much more inclined to play alongside a standout quarterback like Sindelar. Same goes for a top tailback prospect like Markell Jones.

The best news for Purdue is that Sindelar won't be one to wander around in his recruitment. He felt the Boilermakers brought the best offer, and pledged early to avoid leading other schools astray.

"I knew where I wanted to go when I stepped onto Purdue's campus the second or third time," Sindelar said. "I didn't want to be a guy to drag it out when I already know where I'm going, then hang a school out to dry. I wanted to pick my school and let others find their quarterback while it's still early."

It's very important that Purdue was able to open its 2015 class with a quarterback like Sindelar, which will draw more talent in the long run.

Jefferson, Jones visit campus

Perhaps Purdue could add a few more playmakers to its 2015 class. Three-star running back Markell Jones and four-star receiver Van Jefferson, the Boilermakers' top prospects at each position, were both on campus in West Lafayette this weekend.

With Jefferson, the Boilermakers will have to beat out a long list of schools, including Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. However, they're off to a good start.

Jones appears to be a strong possibility for Purdue. He's just a few hours away from campus, wants to be a pilot so he's drawn to Purdue's academics, and has a close relationship with the coaches. This writer believes it's a matter of "when," not "if" he commits.

Tranquill gaining some steam

Another year, another Tranquill. This time, it's Justin Tranquill becoming one of the Boilermakers' top prospects. Now rated a four-star, the two-way standout is adding new offers. Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Toledo and Western Michigan have all joined Purdue in scholarship offers.

This recruitment could go very similarly to brother Drue's recruitment. Justin seems to be high on Purdue and it will likely be a finalist, but it all could come down to whether a Notre Dame or Michigan jumps in with an offer. For now, Purdue is in a good place.

Close the book on 2014

The possibility is always out there for Purdue to add another prospect to its 2014 class, but it will take some odd circumstances for an offer-worthy recruit to be back on the market.

There are still needs in the 2014 class—help on the offensive line, at linebacker and certainly in the secondary. However, it doesn't seem likely for a viable option to enter the fold. An offseason transfer is the most likely scenario, so Purdue will hold open its scholarship plans.

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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