Another year has come and gone, and another recruiting class has been signed. On Wednesday, February 4th, 2009, the Boilermakers added 20 more young men to their football program.
The obvious state that added the vast majority of the flavor was Florida. Purdue reached out and grabbed a baffling 14 commitments from the Sunshine State, including early enrollee's Antwon Higgs and Al-Terek McBurse, who is considered to be the gem of the entire Boilermakers class.
"Purdue signed 14 players from Florida.....14. They did not sign a single player from the state of Indiana. Headliners Gabe Holmes, Al-Terek McBurse, and Eric Williams can do some great things at Purdue. Edison from Dunbar is a real sleeper, this is a player who has produced for three years, never leaves the field, and has the versatility to play a number of different spots. Pamphile is real intriguing, he has only played football for one year" wrote Geoff Vogt, the Scout.com state of Florida high school writer.
"We have a lot of relationships in Florida," Hope said. "There are a lot of kids down there who would love to be a Big Ten player and who can have an immediate impact," Coach Hope added on the time spent in the sunshine.
While it goes without question Florida is where the Boilers bread is buttered, they also picked up key pieces from the states of Georgia, New York, and Kentucky.
Georgia finished in a far distant second to Florida with two commitments from Eric McDaniel and Justin Kitchens, both projected to be along the lines, either offensively or defensively.
One of the final pieces to the puzzle is Najee Tyler, a quarterback that hails from New York. While it's rare that major FBS talent will come out of such a basketball rich talent pool, the Boilers landed Tyler to compete with fellow incoming freshman Rob Henry.
Finally being able to comment on his class, Coach Danny Hope had high hopes for his entire class.
"Top to bottom, we like the class," Hope said. "We like their athleticism, competitiveness and play-making ability and, most of all, we like them as people. In my year as an assistant, I was able to develop a personal relationship with these guys, which is significant. Your first recruiting class is important, and I'm pleased with what we accomplished."
Purdue Finishes Out 2009
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