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A couple of football recruiting notes from the past few days.
- Purdue signee Ryan Watson is recruiting his high school teammate, highly regarded DB Kirk Garner, who counts the Boilermakers among his 20-some offers.
“I talk to Ryan a lot," Garner joked. "Every time I see him in the hallway I yell, 'Boiler Up!'" (Tommy Thiel)
- Tennessee linebacker/running back Walker Jones said he may visit Purdue at some point this summer, but is planning to commit early and has offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Purdue, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others, so we'll see. (TT)
- Purdue offered scholarships to Timberview, Texas, junior defensive backs Edward Paris and Brandon Simmons this week, Rivals.com's Brian Perroni reported to us.
- Expect a bunch of Purdue's signees to be at the Boilermakers' spring game April 14.
- As we mentioned last night, Brownsburg's Chase Dutra said he had to re-schedule a trip to Purdue scheduled for yesterday. Maybe next week. (BN)
Expect word on women's basketball player Drey Mingo's sixth-year appeal tomorrow. (staff)
AAU starts up in April, at which time Purdue will obviously be focusing quite a bit on the Class of 2014 in the two weekends the NCAA has opened back up for spring evaluation time - April 20-22 and April 27-29.
A look at some of the rising-junior teams and players Purdue will be watching those two weekends and obviously in July.
Illinois Wolves: Purdue has an offer out to emerging 6-foot-7 forward Keita Bates-Diop and has recruited him heavily. Purdue has a great relationship with the Wolves and will frequently be a presence with its top players.
Ohio Tar Heels Elite: This is who Vincent Edwards played for last AAU season, with his dad, Bill, coaching the team. We're assuming he's playing for this group again, but can't say for certain. Whoever Edwards is suiting up for, Purdue will be around. After he nearly committed in late February, there may be blood in the water, so to speak, on that one.
The interesting dynamic is that if Purdue gets Edwards, who may be a power forward in college, what does that mean for its recruiment of Bates-Diop? They're similarly sized players, though it's been suggested that as Bates-Diop evolves, he could grow into more of a wing.
Meanstreets (Ind.): Meanstreets has offered big man Tyler Wideman and some others at least worth watching.
Eric Gordon All-Stars: Perry Poindexter of North Central left for Indiana Elite, but EG has Greensburg wing Sean Seller, Guerin Catholic forward Aaron Brennan and Mooresville forward Jacob Johnson, among others. The 6-foot-6 Johnson is starting to draw more and more interest and obviously has the most important prerequisite for being recruited by Purdue: His last name is Johnson.
Surely there's a ton of 2014 guys they're looking at, but this could be a small class.
Right this moment there are slated to be three spots open with the departures of 2013-14 seniors Terone Johnson, Travis Carroll and Sandi Marcius.
However, Purdue is obviously looking to add somebody else this spring and if they do, they have shown they're willing to go into over-sign, so don't be surprised to see them add a multi-year player this spring - a two-year JUCO would be irrelevant to the 2014 class, but top target Trency Jackson is a three-year - then still another player to its current three-man crop of 2013 commitments.
There's no telling what will happen, but all options are on the table. (BN)
Chris Kramer, from Germany, on Robbie Hummel: "I'm very humbled just to have watched somebody who's been hurt like he has, who's torn his ACL back-to-back seasons, the way he came back and was a leader. He had some struggles where he just couldn't make shots, but he was playing his best basketball at the end of his senior year." (BN)
Just a reminder here that 2 p.m. today (ET), you can catch Purdue signees Rapheal Davis and Jay Simpson and their LaLumiere team playing on ESPNU against Florida's Montverde Academy at the National High School Invitational in Washington D.C.
If you'd rather see the two recruits play in person, head to Purdue-Calumet next Friday evening (the 13th) for the Global All-Star Challenge, in which Davis and Simpson will play for Team USA against a team of international players, many of them major-college prospects or signees. The seniors play at 7:30 p.m.
As for Ronnie Johnson, he'll be playing in Sunday's All-American Championship, an all-star game in New Orleans, playing for the North team in the second game of a double-header. His game's at 4:30 p.m. ET and you can watch it on ESPN3.com or, it would appear, at the event's web site.
April 21, Johnson is slated to be part of the Eric Gordon Super Shootout, an all-star game at North Central in Indianapolis. Don't have any more info than that at this point. (BN)
Reminder: On Saturday, April 14, prior to Purdue's football spring game and following the Purdue Challenge, the 5K run that benefits the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, Robbie Hummel will be signing autographs at Follett's/Purdue Pride store just outside of Ross-Ade Stadium.
It will be a free signing and fit perfectly into that day's schedule of events, so be sure to stop by between 10:30 and 12:30. To sign up for the Purdue Challenge click here. (staff)
There will be no 'Gold and Black LIVE' tomorrow. But our next final two "episodes" of the school year should be good ones.
On Friday the 13th, our guest will be Robbie Hummel. We will not wear hockey masks. On week later on the 20th, football coach Danny Hope will join us to wrap up spring ball.
'Gold and Black LIVE' is our live stream Internet show broadcast normally at 2 p.m. on Fridays during football and Big Ten basketball season.
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