Jan. 13, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue football program welcomed in three early enrollees for the spring semester. Offensive lineman Kirk Barron, quarterback David Blough and defensive lineman Langston Newton are all enrolled in school and will be eligible to participate in the upcoming spring practices.
Barron joins the Boilermakers after graduating early from Marian High School in Mishawaka, Ind. In 2013, he helped guide the Knights to a spot in the Class 3A IHSAA Football State Tournament. His physicality and strength helped him earn Lineman MVP honors at the Core 6 Showcase in Chicago last January.
Blough comes to West Lafayette after graduating early from Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas. During his senior season, Blough passed for over 1,500 yards and recorded 13 touchdown passes against merely two interceptions. He exploded onto the national scene with a strong performance at the Elite 11 Camp in Portland, Ore., last summer. As a junior he threw for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Newton, who transferred to Purdue from Kentucky, originally signed with the Wildcats out of Carmel High School in the spring of 2012. A first team all-state selection as a senior, he helped lead Carmel to a 14-1 record and the Class 5A state championship in 2011. He did not play in either of his two seasons in Lexington. Newton is also an accomplished thrower, winning the state title in the shot put and discus as a senior in high school.
The Boilermakers, who started the spring semester on Monday, will begin their 6 a.m. team workouts in February and will open the first of 15 spring practices on March 6. Purdue's annual spring game in Ross-Ade Stadium is scheduled for April 12 at 1 p.m.