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Now that Purdue has an open scholarship to play with, maybe two if John Hart does not return for his fifth year, which might stand to reason given his history of foot issues and current standing on the depth chart, the Boilermaker coaching staff will go recruiting this spring for the first time in a couple years.
Purdue has already been active in recruiting some junior college players, though we don't know who yet. We do know that Purdue coaches have made some trips to recent weeks and months to some random places like Mississippi and Montana, almost certainly for the purpose of looking at JC kids.
You'd have to think that with Kelsey Barlow gone, Matt Painter would be looking for some more athleticism to inject into next season's roster, maybe another wing-type player with some height and length. They don't grow on trees, though.
It might be interesting to see if Purdue recruits Hargrave Miltary's Ryan Taylor, who used to be at Lawrence North before bouncing around from place to place. He's the sort of energy guy the Boilermakers could really use but at the same time, unless he's transformed as a player since we've last seen him, he's also a power forward and Purdue has a bunch of those.
Not sure you can ever count on this happening, because the circumstances have to be very specific, but the possibility would exist too for Purdue to welcome a fifth-year guy should one who makes sense come available. Again, a lot of things have to line up in those cases.
On to 2013 recruiting, Purdue's current scholarship situation has now lessened the squeeze on both the 2012 and '13 classes, but what Purdue does this spring will affect what it can do for 2013. But it appears overwhelmingly likely now the Boilermakers will take another 2013.
Not sure what will wind up coming of these guys, but there are two forwards in Indianapolis set to re-classify from the 2012 to 2013 class who'll bear watching.
Steven Davis is a 6-7 forward from Manual who was at the Nebraska game last night.
At Ben Davis, there's 6-10 senior Trevor Thompson who might be a prep school guy, too. He plays at Ben Davis for Mark James, who coached former Purdue signees JaJuan Johnson and Patrick Bade and has a strong relationship with its staff.
Painter has seen Thompson play.
These guys bear watching, because big men often develop late. The example that jumps out is Robert Goff, who used to be at Broad Ripple. He was on nobody's radar early in his high school, then blew up as an upperclassman. Had he ever been able to keep his grades in order, he'd have played college basketball at a very high level and maybe been a pro. (BN)
Purdue had East Chicago Central freshman point guard Hyron Edwards on campus this weekend for the Michigan State game. All indications are that he'll be a player Purdue will recruit very heavily for the 2015 class, hoping the E'Twaun Moore connection can pay dividends.
The 2015 class will probably need to a point guard, with Edwards, Cathedral's Jalen Coleman and Richmond's Joel Okafor all topping the proverbial wish list.
With Ronnie Johnson coming in next year and Bryson Scott in 2013, Purdue probably won't take a point guard in 2014, but Brebeuf's P.J. Thompson was at the Nebraska game last night. (BN)
As we told you in chat yesterday, there is absolutely nothing to all this talk about wide receiver Gary Bush joining the basketball team. Even if there were, what sense would that possibly make? (BN)
As you know, Saturday Purdue's having a big junior day for Class of 2013 football recruits and it should have a decent crowd. We'll do our best Sunday night to compile a list of those who made it, but here are some who are confirmed as of now.
Ben Davis DB Antonio Allen (offer) Fort Wayne Homestead WR Isaac Griffith Warren Central DE Anthony Winbush Illinois QB Mickey Macius Illinois LB Brian Fordon
There will be a bunch more.
Purdue hasn't offered yet that we're aware of but one QB it seems pretty high on right now is John O'Korn from Florida state power St. Thomas Aquinas. He's originally from Pennsylvania, so there's a Big Ten connection there, at least.
If you're interested in knowing, Purdue's three new football assistant will recruit the following territories: DC Tim Tibesar will recruit Georgia; secondary coach Greg Burns will take Orlando and Fort Lauderdale; and D-line coach Kevin Wolthausen is moving into Ohio and Michigan, which might mean that receivers coach Patrick Higgins is moving into a different territory.
Of those coaches who've departed, Gary Emanuel and Lou Anarumo each had East Coast ties, so it will be interesting to see who moves over there. Anarumo also recruited some in Texas, specifically in Houston. And Emanuel held some of those important Florida territories Burns seems to be taking on. (BN)
Join us tomorrow at 2 p.m. for 'Gold and Black LIVE,' our weekly web show.
Our guests are slated to be Ryan Kerrigan via call-in and the real star of the show, our beloved photographer Tom Campbell, who's given us all those great Robbie Hummel-looking-excited photos we've run after Purdue wins this season and all those great Robbie Hummel-looking-pissed photos we've run after Purdue losses this season.
Showtime is at 2 p.m. If you miss it, a replay will be posted around dinnertime.
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