With less then three weeks until the Feb. 1 signing day, Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm and his staff have been hitting it hard in the recruiting trail since their arrival in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Boilermakers sit at 17 commitments for the '17 class.
But that could change after this weekend. The Brohm Squad is hosting one of its biggest recruiting weekends with 16 official visitors arriving on campus in Friday evening.
Nine of the 16 are already committed to Purdue, while the other eight includes three top junior college prospects, a record-setting Florida running back committed to Syracuse and a graduate transfer from Syracuse.
Here's a closer look at the visitors:
The son of former Purdue and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike Alstott, Griffin Alstott was named first team All-Pinellas County after his senior season at Northside Christian in St. Petersburg, Fla. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Alstott has five offers and has been committed to the Boilermakers, his dream school, since last March.
A former Western Kentucky commitment, Darius Pittman is a tight end from Bay St. Louis, Miss., St. Stanislaus, who has more than a dozen offers. He flipped to Purdue in mid-December just a week after Brohm took the job.
A three-star defensive end, Justin Harris is one of the top prospects on campus this weekend. He's visiting LSU next weekend and will make the trip to Baylor the last weekend of the month. Harris hails from Gonzales, La., East Ascension High School and is ranked as the No. 84 defensive end prospect in the '17 class nationally.
Villa Park, Calif., High School quarterback Nick Sipe has been committed to Purdue since last June. He threw for 2,842 yards and 31 touchdowns with just six interceptions as a senior. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Sipe is a three-star prospect.
A top junior college wide receiver, Terry Wright had 50 catches for 805 yards and nine touchdowns last season at Coffeyville Community College. He has six offers, including Purdue, Boise State, Houston, Kent State, Southern Mississippi and New Mexico.
Dedrick Mackey is a three-star cornerback from Miami Booker T. Washington High School and he's been committed to Purdue since mid-August. He had 15 other offers, including Arkansas, Central Florida and Iowa State.
The Osceola News-Gazette Player of the Year, Markenzy Pierre had been committed to Western Kentucky but backed off that pledge in late October when he flipped to Syracuse. He's currently committed to the Orange. He carried 249 times for 2,554 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior. His career total of 5,131 yards, over three seasons, stands No. 3 all-time in Osceola County. He scored 61 touchdowns.
Ranked as the No. 56 junior college player in the country, Isaac Zico played for Georgia Military and the 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver has a final five consisting of Western Kentucky, West Virginia, Washington State, Purdue and Florida Atlantic. He was an junior college All-American selection following his sophomore season at Georgia Military, where he finished among the NJCAA top ten in catches (9th), total yardage (6th), and touchdowns scored (2nd). He finished with 46 receptions for 948 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Fresh off landing an offer from the Boilermakers, Wekiva, Fla., High School defensive end Dante Johnson is making his first official visit. He had previously scheduled a visit for Western Kentucky and is also looking at Temple, Coastal Carolina, Iowa State and Tulane.
One of the latest commitments to Purdue, Giovanni Hightower is checking out campus this weekend. The defensive end from Chattanooga, Tenn., McCallie had been committed to Western Kentucky when Brohm was there but flipped in late December.
A former Notre Dame transfer, Mykelti Williams left the Irish last March and spent one season at Iowa Western. The former Indianapolis Warren Central standout was one of the top 50 safeties in the country out of high school. He had 85 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior and had more than two dozen scholarship offers. Williams didn't play at Notre Dame as a freshman and left last March.
Carmel, Ind., cornerback Jacob Abrams committed to Brohm and the Boilermakers last month after offers from Ball State and Illinois State and interest from Syracuse among others.
Another Purdue commit from Carmel, Ind., High School, Mark Stickford has been committed to the Boilermakers since last October. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Stickford had 14 other offers, including Indiana, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Harvard and Wake Forest.
Robert Hudson is a mammoth commitment for the Boilermakers from Walled Lake, Mich., Western High School. The 6-foot-9, 300-pound three-star prospect has also visited Iowa State but has been committed to Purdue since early August.
Yet another Purdue commitment, Malcolm Robinson is a three-star defensive tackled who committed back in May but has nine other offers.
The final visitor is graduate transfer Corey Winfield, who played three seasons at Syracuse. Winfield, a St. Louis native, was a a two-year starter at cornerback after making the switch from wide receiver. Last season, Winfield finished seventh on the team with 41 tackles and tied for the team lead with four pass breakups. He had three interceptions during his career.null