As I alluded to in my Mid-Week Boilermaker Smorgasbord post, Danny Anthrop was making a return visit to Purdue on Thursday night. As expected, Anthrop received an offer and committed on the spot (LINK to yesterday’s post that explains Anthrop’s ties to Purdue).
Depending on who is considered a wide receiver in the 2012 class, Purdue now has two to four commitments from wide receivers (others: Jordan Woods, BJ Knauff [WR/RB], Carlos Carvajal [WR/TE]). Anthrop could actually play on either side of the ball as a safety, but will likely play as a punt returner and slot receiver at the next level (LINK). I’d like to think of Anthrop to a Wes Welker type. Someone that has a knack for taking what the defense gives him and then being difficult to bring down once he gets a little bit of space. There’s always room on a roster for a guy like that.
I like the fact that Anthrop is a local product. I want Purdue to always keep an eye out for the talent in its backyard because the state of Indiana has actually been pretty good to Purdue football when you consider some of the top draft picks to have come from Purdue recently: Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer, Dustin Keller, Mike Neal. Even though I don’t disagree with Coach Hope’s recruiting philosophy to hit Florida, Georgia, and Texas hard, Indiana high school football is improving.
Back to Anthrop — he’s a speedster. He’s been timed in the low 4.4s and even 4.2 at the Bowling Green camp. He’s very elusive with the ball and he has adequate size for a slot receiver (6’0″, 180 lb). If he puts on 5-10 more pounds and does not lose speed, he will be tougher to tackle. The biggest knock on Anthrop is the high school competition he has faced. This is not a fault to Anthrop, but guys that play at low athletic divisions (single “A” is the lowest division in Indiana) are always the most difficult to scout. They usually jump out at you head and shoulders above their peers. This is surely the case for Anthrop as he burns everyone on the field and turns many plays into touchdowns (20 TDs after 5 games).
His highlights are fun to watch and I think he will be a solid athlete that adds even more speed to Purdue’s roster. Welcome aboard Danny!