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February 7, 2013

Assistants on signees

The following are quotes from Purdue's position coaches on the Boilermakers' 23 Class of 2013 signees.

Offensive coordinator/QB coach John Shoop on …
TE Matt Burke
"One of the first things you're going to notice about him is that this guy is unusually athletic for a guy who is 6-foot-6, 220-some pounds. He also comes off with a flat back (in blocking). He can play the H-back, be in motion, do different things or have his hand on the ball.

"… He's got a really flexible torso and can bend a lot of different ways and also has really quick hands to shoot to the ball. Kind of like the tongue of a lizard going to get an insect or something, which is what tight ends really need.

"… It's uncommon to find 6-6, 225-pound guys that can really block with a flat back and can really run down the field like this."

QB Danny Etling
"The first thing I noticed about Danny is that he could really spin the ball and was a facilitator at the position. He may not throw it as far and may not throw it as hard, but he has two things that you can not compromise at the quarterback position; he's accurate and intelligent. With those two things, we're going to surround him with great players and he's going to be able to facilitate.

"… For a guy who is about 6-3, 220-pounds, to have quick feet and that center of gravity, he's always got his shoulders over his feet and feet under his shoulders and is never really off-balance. I'm really, really excited about working with him."

WR coach Kevin Sherman on …
WR Dan Monteroso
"Danny can really run for a kid his size, very athletic. I've had Danny in camp before, so I know what he's about. I know his work ethic.

"… He's a good student, coming from a good family. Dad is a college football coach as well, so he is a coachable kid, understands the game, the Xs and Os. You can see he has a little quickness, a little do-dat about him."

WR Miles Norwood
"He's 6-foot, 185, has good ball skills, athletic. He can really do something with the ball after the catch. That's what I like about these guys, the game starts when they catch the ball.

"… He has some explosion. He has a good family and really wants to be at Purdue. I like his upside and play-making ability."

WR Deangelo Yancey
"This kid has a lot, a lot of upside. I really like what he's all about. He has some big hands on him. You see, he's another guy who can take it a long way, good explosion. He has good size and I like his physical presence. He can pluck the ball out of the sky and make something happen.

"He has that 'It' factor about him."

RB coach Jafar Williams on ...
RB Keith Byers II
"The thing that stands out to me about Keith is his ability to play physical. If you watch him, this guy plays extremely physical, but he also can put his foot in the ground and not change speed. He just makes cuts and goes, from zero to 60 in about a second. He plays with a lot of energy, a high motor kid.

"… He's a kid you love being around. We're excited about him as a football player."

RB Dalyn Dawkins
"He kind of has a bunch of different aspects. He's extremely fast. He's that home-run guy. He has the ability to play in the slot, but if you talk to him, the No. 1 thing that he says is he's a running back. He plays with a chip on his shoulder for that reason; he wants to be view as a running back. He says most of his productive runs come between the tackles and as you see his highlights, you see that. Anytime you get a guy with this type of speed, this type of agility, this type of vision, I think he can be very productive. You can't coach speed. He has speed, turns the corner very well and accelerates. He's a home-run type of back and is physical."

RB Keyante Green
"The first thing you notice is how big his neck is. He wears like a size 19 shirt. He said 'Coach, don't forget to tell them I have a big head too.' So I guess the equipment manager is going to have to find something. I said 'He just leans the head on people and nobody wants to tackle him.' He is a great individual, a great kid. He's one of those guys who brings a physical presence to your room. At this position, in this conference, you can't get enough of these guys, guys that you can give the ball to and they can take the pounding and deliver some blows, nobody wants to tackle them. A really thick kid from head to toe. But a powerful player. The thing I like the most about him is that he's very humble, he loves the game of football and understands what it is doing for his life. His grandmother has put those values in him.

"He does have speed, I'm not saying he doesn't, but he's just a physical player and I'm going to enjoy my time with him here at Purdue."

RB David Yancey
"I was very taken aback by how intelligent he comes across. He played quarterback as a junior in high school. Anytime you can get a guy who played quarterback, it speaks volumes for them as a football player because it tells you that they understand the game. He played primarily running back his senior year.

"He has so many positives. He has great speed and runs extremely physical. But he's extremely smart and understands the game, which helps a lot when it comes to pass protection; it will pay dividends for him down the road. He's kind of a Jack of all trades."

OL coach Jim Bollman on …
OL Jason Tretter
"Jason Tretter is just under 6-7 and is over 300 pounds now. I had the chance to coach him just after his sophomore year in camp. He had a lot of potential, there was a lot of people looking at him at that time. But he had a knee injury and played only one play his junior year. But he came back his senior year.

"… Obviously, he has a lot of potential. He's a big guy and can be a very powerful guy. He works out very hard. … We're really excited to have this guy with us. He is a big human being. He's going to have the athleticism to play inside or outside; we'll see where he fits in the picture best."

Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson on …
DT Johnny Daniels
"He's 6-5, 255 pounds, long arms, a 6-11 reach and a 16 shoe. He's just a big person and has a big personality. We loved the way he plays football. We love when big guys leave their feet; it shows effort.

"… He was fun to recruit. He wants to be at Purdue and we're excited to have him. He can play inside or on the edge. He has that ability. He could be a 300 pounder in a hurry, but he can run."

DT Ra'Zahn Howard
"He's 6-4, 300. He is primarily an inside player. You need big people inside. He has the potential to take both A gaps at once, with that type of size and ability, which as a linebacker you really like. He can get off blocks, a lot of power. We don't know if he's an edge guy, but we like what he did getting off blocks, playing cut blocks and running to the football, especially at his size.

"In a three-down (lineman) package, they did put him on the edge and he showed some of his athletic ability. We like what we have in him and the option to play multiple packages without substituting if they can play defensive end."

DE Antoine Miles
"This guy is well coached and prepared to play college football. He has great upside. He's sort of a, not hybrid right now, but he has that ability to be a 4-3 player or a 3-4 player, which gives you some ability to do some things with your sub packages.

"We like the level of competition he played against and his production."

DE Evan Panfil
"We think this guy is a diamond in the rough. He's 6-5, 240 pounds and is sneaky big. He's going to be 280 pounds by October hopefully. Has a great motor and great personality. He's a good student and we think we have another player who absolutely loves Purdue and we're glad he's here.

"He's relentless."

DE Jake Replogle
"He's another sneaky big guy who is going to be a 280-pounder. Maybe he could go inside with that kind of strength and ability, especially with his motor. He's a high-energy guy. … He's from a great football program, very well coached. In the day of 85 scholarships, the toughest spot is down in those foxholes, and these young guys who already have the size and the coaching have a chance to play early. This young man has that ability and motor."

DE John Strauser
"He's a good football player. We like having him here already and like the way he played linebacker and can play defensive end. Another high-motor guy, a guy who is relientless, plays with leverage, gets off blocks. We're glad he's here. He had 140 tackles as a senior, that's a lot."

LB coach Marcus Freeman on …
LB Danny Ezechukwu
"He's a 6-3, 240-pound linebacker who played a lot of defensive end. The thing you notice about Danny is he is an explosive, physical young man.

"… Everybody raves about this guy (at his high school), about him as a person, about him as a player, as a leader. He's the leader at that school and of the football team.

"He's smart. … He's everything you want as a person and an athlete. It'll be exciting to watch him grow. He holds 240 pounds really well, it's all in his legs and his butt. He doesn't look like a 245 pound player, which is a good thing for a linebacker."

LB Dezwan Polk-Campbell
"Dez is an athletic 6-4, 210-pound guy. He's tall, a thin frame, but it's exciting to watch him play. He's a guy you're going to put weight on and watch grow into the type of linebacker you want.

"… He's everything you want in an athletic linebacker. He's a kid that in two years, we're going to look back and say 'Wow, this kid has done some great things.' He's a smart kid, just a raw, athletic kid who can make things happen."

LB Johnny Thompson
"He's another guy who played with his hand in the ground, rushed off the edge. … He has size 18 feet. He has a 6-7 wingspan and might grow to be who knows how tall. He's another athletic kid who did everything they asked at his high school, played five positions. He played offensive tackle, tight end, defensive end, tackle and linebacker. But that's him. He'll an unselfish young man who will do whatever it takes to make his team successful."

DBs coach Jon Heacock on …
DB Leroy Clark
"Leroy is a very athletic guy, returns punts and returns kicks. He will tackle you.

"… He's tough and physical."

CB Da'Wan Hunte
"He is what I consider a heat-seeking missile to the sun. He is a guy who goes fast and very rarely gets stopped from doing that.

"… He's an outstanding football player."

CB Tyvel Jemison
"He has ball skills, can intercept balls. And, like the other guys, can return the ball, take it the distance.

"He tackles, works hard and the game's important to him."

S Austin Logan
"The whole family couldn't be more excited to have him playing at Purdue. They are just thrilled that he is coming here to get an education, play college football and play for this coaching staff.

"Proud parents and a proud young man and a guy who can play the game. … He loves what we're trying to do here and wants to be part of this football family.
"You'll see him play some corner and safety. He's a more physical presence than the other (DBs) who have played more corner."

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