Purdue's Signing Day Recap: Danny Hope's Best Haul Yet

By Drew Wooden

Purdue football officially announced its new players for the 2012-2013 season on February 1st when they signed 24 players on National Signing Day. The 24 newcomers join two players that have already enrolled in classes for this spring semester. The class is ranked 4th in the Big Ten and 35th in the nation by Rivals.com.

The 26 total recruits are diverse geographically because they come from 13 states. Position-wise, the class is heavy on quarterbacks (currently 3 although QB/ATH Robert Gregory is expected to sign by February 3rd), offensive linemen (6), wide receivers (4), and kickers (2).

Here are summary thoughts on each of the signees:

  • Athlete Danny Anthrop is a small school burner that was talented enough to take his game to the Big Ten. The hometown product has been compared to Vinny Sutherland by Danny Hope and can be utilized as a slot receiver, special teams player, and possibly a halfback.
  • Austin Appleby is Purdue’s first Elite 11 quarterback since current Kansas City Chief Kyle Orton. Appleby has great size (6-4) and very good arm strength. He has suffered an ACL injury during his junior year, but he was injury free his senior year. He is touted as a hard worker and is a very good student. Out of the quarterback commits, he’s the only pocket passer and has the physical tools to become a great quarterback in a pass-heavy spread offense.
  • Out of Tampa, Florida, Anthony Brown may be the fastest recruit in this year’s class. Danny Hope told us that he beat Raheem Mostert in a head-to-head track meet last year, which is very impressive. Brown is a 5-11, 185 lb defensive back that may also see work as a returner on special teams. Hope has also said that Brown may be the jewel of the class.
  • Carlos Carvajal is a four star prospect from South Florida who has spent a year at prep school in New York. Carvajal’s future position is unknown, but he’ll get a shot at tight end. The 6-6, 240 pounder has also been projected to play defensive end at the next level. Carvajal obviously has great size, but also has good speed.
  • Cameron Cermin already has the numbers of a Big Ten offensive lineman at 6-6 and 305 lbs. The Texan is rated as a 3-star by rivals.com and may play either as a guard or tackle.
  • Tight end Jonathan Curry is the lone commit from Alabama. He is one of Purdue’s highest rated commits though (78 on ESPN) and he could make an impact sooner than later because of his versatility. The 6-3 235 pound Curry could also line up as an H-back.
  • Andy Garcia (not the actor) is a slightly undersized, but extremely productive linebacker from Hialeah, Florida (Carlos Carvajal’s hometown). The 5-11, 220 pound ‘backer had 111 tackles and 12 sacks this past year. He has great instincts and is built in the mold of current starting linebacker Will Lucas.
  • Aloyis Gray was recruited as a wide receiver and Danny Hope even candidly told us that he hadn’t seen Gray throw a pass. However, Hope said he would give Gray a shot at competing as a quarterback. Hope has said that they recruited Gray as a tall, athletic receiver (6-3, 175).
  • Paul Griggs hails from North Carolina and may be the next Carson Wiggs. He’s rated as the 3rd best kicker nationally by scout.com and 5th best by rivals.com.
  • Linebacker Jimmy Herman is rangy and fast. At 6-4 and just over 200 pounds, Herman will have to add strength at the next level. But he has reportedly run a 40 in the 4.5 range. With that speed, he could blossom in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense as an outside linebacker.
  • Kingsley Ike is a defensive end from Texas. He is only 220 pounds, but has good length and burst off the line. He’ll likely need a redshirt year to gain strength and become college ready.
  • Offensive lineman Jason King has one of the most colorful twitter accounts that I follow and is projected as an offensive guard. He has great size and build at 6-4 and 300 pounds. He also may be Purdue’s first recruit ever from the state of Arkansas.
  • BJ Knauf is speedy (4.3 40 time per rivals.com). The wide receiver/running back prospect played as a wildcat quarterback for his high school team in Florida. Expect him to line up like a wide receiver ala Wes Welker in the slot. He may also get some work in the backfield considering Purdue’s current lack of depth at running back.
  • Defensive lineman Greg Latta has great measurables (6-6, 265) and is already enrolled at Purdue. He must learn quickly though because he has only played organized football for two years and the Boilers’ need defensive ends in a big way.
  • Dual threat quarterback Bilal Marshall has the speed to play wide receiver and the playmaking ability to put defenses in binds as a wildcat quarterback. His passing is a work in progress, but he could stay at quarterback if he develops. If not, his athleticism could find him a spot elsewhere on the field.
  • Thomas Meadows is another kicker for Purdue and could help the Boilers as a kickoff specialist, place kicker, or punter. He is ranked as the 18th best kicker in the nation by scout.com.
  • Ryan Morris is a massive tight end from New Jersey. The 6-6, 248 pounder can help Purdue as a blocking tight end immediately. He is ranked 20th among tight ends nationally by Tom Lemming’s scouting services and could really develop as a big red zone target.
  • Cameron Posey is a 6-2 wide receiver from Florida that missed all but 3 games his senior year. One of four Purdue receivers, he may be more of a possession receiver although he does look to have adequate speed.
  • JJ Prince is an offensive lineman whose team won the Texas 5A state title. He is projected as a tackle by ESPN and Hope has already said that he will redshirt next year. He is listed at 6-6 and 268 pounds.
  • Jordan Roos is another Texas lineman with outstanding strength numbers (he can bench 450 pounds and won the Texas 3A title in shotput twice). Roos is 6-5 and 310 pounds and could find himself in the two deeps in his first two years.
  • Safety Jordan Shine comes out of football powerhouse Warren Central in Indianapolis. He had an outstanding senior season with 87 tackles and five interceptions. He could play soon with Purdue in desperate need of safeties.
  • Gargantuan offensive lineman Devin Smith comes from a junior college in Arizona, although he graduated high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He will have 3 years of eligibility and may play soon as he has ideal size at 6-7 and 325 pounds.
  • Joey Warburg has an awesome name for an offensive lineman. He also comes from a powerhouse program (Trinity in Louisville, KY) and he will likely redshirt since he is listed at 6-5 and 255 pounds. He was once committed to the Illini before Ron Zook was fired and looks to project as an offensive tackle.
  • Along with Carlos Carvajal, Ryan Watson is the other four star prospect. He is a big bodied defensive end who could be an end in the 3-4. He may also play as a big end in a 4-3 defense or as a tackle in a 4-3. He comes from yet another football factory — Our Lady of Good Counsel in Maryland. Given Purdue’s need for defensive ends and his great scouting reports, he may play very early.
  • Jordan Woods is also out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The lanky receiver was ultra productive at Skyline High School (1,163 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns). He’ll need to gain weight, but could be a great pickup.

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