Purdue has its second verbal pledge. The month started with the addition of Dallas receiver Trae Hart, and comes to a close with another wideout, Atlanta-area product Gregory Phillips. The Arabia Mountain (Ga.) standout called Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell on Friday morning to make his decision official.
Phillips, a 6-foot-1 target, had more than 20 scholarship offers on the table, but just two, Purdue and Iowa State, were from FBS programs. He accepted the Boilermakers' offer less than 24 hours after it was extended—similar to Hart. Purdue now has a foundation for its 2014 class.
Hart still on board?
It always warrants discomfort when a prospect commits on the spot. Receiver Trae Hart is a prime example of that. The Dallas Baptist (TX) product is committed to Purdue, but his comments are cause for concern.
"I'm a Purdue commit, that's where I'm at," said Hart to Scout.com on Thursday. "I would listen if other schools came in and talked to me. I would listen to them. But I'm at Purdue right now."
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Purdue. Add to the fact that TCU has upped its recruitment of the receiver and there's reason to be worried that Hart isn't exactly sold. It's still May and Hart is bound to receive other interest. By definition, he is a ‘soft verbal' right now.
Gesicki high on Purdue
Purdue extended an offer to three-star tight end Mike Gesicki just last week; things have progressed ever since. The New Jersey native has a long list of offers, but Purdue is among those schools he's giving heavy consideration to.
"I talk to their coaches daily," he said. "I was on the phone with their head coach (Wednesday) night. I'm in constant communication with Purdue and the thing about Purdue is they play Big Ten football, and I love Big Ten football. It's a great conference. A lot of people love the SEC, and I love watching the SEC as well, but I think Big Ten football is tremendous football and if you win the Big Ten, you go play in the Rose Bowl, and the Rose Bowl is a huge game."
This won't be an easy prospect to win over, with competition coming from Florida State, Miami, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and many more. However, Purdue appears to be in good shape, especially considering its late start.
Boilers hosting quarterback this weekend
Just last week, Purdue finalized plans to host quarterback David Blough on campus on June 14. Tomorrow, another quarterback is coming to campus. That would be three-star prospect Trace McSorley, a standout from Virginia who has the Boilermakers listed in his list of six favorites.
"I want to just get a feel for the campus, the coaches, and I really just want to see what it's like," McSorley told Boiler Sports Report. "It's the only school of the top-six [list] that I haven't been to. I just want to go, check it out, see what I think of it, and get a feel for it."
Purdue appears to be the heavy favorite to land Blough, and I feel it will happen during his June visit. Still, the Boilermakers can really make an impression on McSorley this weekend. Both are talented prospects with dual-threat abilities. It will be interesting to see how this one shakes out.
-- Purdue extended an offer to four-star linebacker Brandon Lee, a standout at Indianapolis Cathedral High School. The Boilermakers have been in heavy pursuit of the local product, but the offer became official on Friday.
-- There's another new offer to note; Ravenscroft School (NC) tight end Avery Edwards added an offer from the Boilermakers early this week.
-- The Boilermakers are also after a kicker for this class. Ohio kicker Mike Knoll added an offer from Purdue. He is rated a five-star prospect by kicking guru Chris Sailer.