Purdue 2020 football recruiting: What comes next?
Purdue enters the late-spring/early-summer period with three players committed toward its 2020 class and momentum following the signing of a top-25-caliber class for 2019.
THE EVALUATION PERIOD
It runs from April 15 through the end of May.
Purdue's coaches, along with those from every other school, will take to the road to visit prospects' schools, lay eyes on them and assess their academic standing. Contact is limited during the evaluation period, but it's a critical part of the process, an important opportunity to see players live who've only been seen prior on tape, and the two can sometimes be two different things.
It's important in that in-person evaluations can solidify — or altogether change — evaluations made previously off film. While new offers will go out in the spring, others will likely go by the wayside.
And of course, it's critical toward advance recruiting. As the process accelerates more and more every year, and things happen in recruiting earlier and earlier, there's no such thing anymore as "caught up." Coaches are keeping closest watch over seniors-to-be, but all classes are being recruited at all times, same as basketball now.
Purdue got an early start this year, hosting four-star defensive end Greg Hudgins for a spring official visit this past weekend, but again, Purdue will host a slew of official visits in June, likely over the weekends of June 7 and 14, and probably land a significant chunk of its 2020 class in that time, as it did last year.
That's sort of the new normal in college football following last year's introduction of the early official visit system, and even before the early OVs, June was a whirlwind in Year 1 under Jeff Brohm.
Camps remain an important piece of the recruiting process, as much for younger players as anything, and Purdue's done an outstanding job getting high-level players on campus as underclassmen for camps.
Its prospect camps this season will be June 1 and June 10.
With the process speeding up, and Purdue having enough momentum as a program to be a beneficiary when things start happening, activity might not be on hold until visits start up.
Quarterbacks always commit early, but under Brohm, Purdue's have come in June. Will they have to wait this year?
Ohio's Evan Prater is fresh off a Purdue visit and Boilermaker coaches would seemingly love to get that phone call. Additionally, fellow QB targets Mekhi Hagens and Tyler Van Dyke visited in the spring, too.
Additionally, and importantly, Purdue could be less than two weeks away from significant news, as four-star Detroit wide receiver and top-100 player nationally Rashawn Williams is due to announce his decision April 29. The Boilermakers are considered a leader, and hope to continue stacking high-end recruits at one of their signature positions.
Purdue is known to be tight on scholarships, but also believed to have space ear-marked for immediate help from the graduate-transfer wire if such help can be found.
The offensive line figures to be an emphasis, as it's been for each of the two prior classes Brohm signed at Purdue. Dave Steinmetz, Shane Evans and Dennis Edwards each were starters for all of, or part of, their brief Purdue careers.
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