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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue football coach Danny Hope today announced the signing of 17 student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent to play football for the Boilermakers. The group joins three other players to make up a 20-member recruiting class, Hope's first at Purdue.

In January, the Boilermakers inked linebacker Dwayne Beckford, linebacker Antwon Higgs and running back Al-Terek McBurse. Those three currently are enrolled at Purdue.

The Boilermakers' class of 2009 includes four defensive tackles, three other linemen, three wide receivers, two quarterbacks, two linebackers, two defensive backs, one running back, one tight end, one wide receiver/cornerback and one player listed as an athlete.

"Top to bottom, we like the class," Hope said. "We like their athleticism, competitiveness and play-making ability and, most of all, we like them as people. In my year as an assistant, I was able to develop a personal relationship with these guys, which is significant. Your first recruiting class is important, and I'm pleased with what we accomplished."

Fourteen recruits hail from the state of Florida, as Purdue signed more players from the Sunshine State than any other non-Florida school. Two come from Georgia and one each comes from Kentucky, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

"We have a lot of relationships in Florida," Hope said. "There are a lot of kids down there who would love to be a Big Ten player and who can have an immediate impact."

2009 Purdue Football Recruits - February

Name Position Height Weight Hometown (High School)
Ishmael Aristide DB 5-11 205 Orlando, Fla. (Maynard Evans)
Gary Bush WR 6-0 175 Miami, Fla. (Christopher Columbus)
Cody Davis DT 6-3 260 Spring, Texas (Klein Oak)
Antavian Edison ATH 5-10 170 Fort Myers, Fla. (Dunbar)
Trevor Foy L 6-8 245 Louisville, Ky. (Saint Xavier)
Rob Henry QB 6-2 200 Ocala, Fla. (Trinity Catholic)
Gabe Holmes TE 6-4 230 Miramar, Fla. (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
Josh Johnson WR/CB 5-11 180 Dade City, Fla. (Pasco)
Justin Kitchens L 6-5 260 Warner Robins, Ga. (Houston County)
Eric McDaniel DT 6-2 295 Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun)
Xavier Melton DT 6-3 280 Lakeland, Fla. (George Jenkins)
Kevin Pamphile L 6-5 245 Miami, Fla. (Miami Central)
Chris Quinn CB 5-10 185 Miami, Fla. (Miami Southwest)
Xavier Reese WR 6-3 180 North Lauderdale, Fla. (Northeast)
Brandon Taylor DT 6-1 290 Aventura, Fla. (Dr. Krop)
Najee Tyler QB 6-4 215 Fresh Meadows, N.Y. (Xaverian)
Eric Williams WR 5-10 195 Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee)

 2009 Purdue Football Recruits - January

Name Position Height Weight Hometown (High School)
Dwayne Beckford LB 6-3 210 Irvington, N.J. (Irvington)
Antwon Higgs LB 6-3 250 Pompano Beach, Fla. (Pompano Beach)
Al-Terek McBurse RB 6-0 190 Winter Springs, Fla. (Winter Springs)

Player photos courtesy of Gold and Black Illustrated, Rivals.com and Dunbar High School.

Ishmael Aristide      
Ishmael Aristide
Defensive Back  -  Watch Highlights
5-11, 205
Orlando, Fla. (Maynard Evans HS)

High School: Recorded 60 tackles, 16 pass breakups and one interception during junior season ... unable to play senior year due to injury ... is a district and Metro Conference champion and state meet qualifier in the 100-meter dash ... ran a hand-timed 10.7 and a fully-electronic 10.88 ... played two seasons of varsity basketball as a freshman and sophomore ... first known Purdue commit for the 2009 recruiting class ... played football for head coach Greg Thompson ... described as a helpful recruit, vocal and driven person.

Personal: Full name is Ishmael Alexander Aristide ... Born on Oct. 4, 1990 in Miami, Fla. ... son of Wallace Aristide and Lisa Jordan ... has a brother, Deon, and a sister, Iman ... is undecided on his area of academic interest at Purdue.

Gary Bush
Gary Bush
Wide Receiver  -  Watch Highlights
6-0, 175
Miami, Fla. (Christopher Columbus HS)

High School: Had 33 receptions for 555 yards (16.8 average) and nine touchdowns as a senior ...caught 15 passes for 320 yards (21.3 average) and six touchdowns during junior season ... second team All-Dade County by the Miami Herald as a senior ... three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... invited to play in Nike South Florida All-Star game with fellow Purdue newcomers Kevin Pamphile and Brandon Taylor ... also plays basketball, and was a first team All-Dade County and all-district selection as a junior ... led his team with a 21-point scoring aveage and 10 assists per game ... AAU basketball teammate of fellow Boilermaker commit Gabe Holmes ... also is a standout in the triple jump, finishing third in the state as a junior ... played football for coach Chris Merritt ... his cousin, Josh Bush, played for Purdue wide receiver coach Brian Rock at Western Michigan.

Personal: Full name is Gary Bush ... born on Aug. 11, 1990 ... son of Gary and Michelle Bush ... father played football at Mississippi Valley State with Jerry Rice, while his mother played college basketball at Miami and North Carolina Central ... has one brother, Deon.

Cody Davis
Cody Davis
Defensive Tackle  -  Watch Highlights
6-3, 260
Spring, Texas (Klein Oak HS)

High School: Three-year letterwinner in football ... recorded 107 tackles, including eight sacks and 23 tackles for loss as a senior ... had three interceptions, three fumbles forced and three fumble recoveries, and also finished with four PBUs and two defensive touchdowns in the same game en route to a 10-2 senior year ... two-time first team all-district selection (junior and senior seasons) ... also garnered academic all-district recognition in 2007 and 2008 ... texasfootball.com 5A All-Region as a junior and senior ... honorable mention Dallas Morning Star/Texas Sportswriters All-State as a senior ... Houston Chronicle first team All-Greater Houston in 2008 ... selected to play in the Space City Classic featuring Houston area's top senior athletes ... played football for head coach David Smith ... reminds the coaching staff of Craig Terrill.

Personal: Full name is Cody Davis ... born on Dec. 25, 1990 ... son of Kyle and Rita Davis ... undecided on his area of academic interest at Purdue.

Antavian Edison
Antavian Edison
Athlete  -  Watch Highlights
5-10, 170
Fort Myers, Fla. (Dunbar HS)

High School: Rushed 53 times for 488 yards (9.2 average) and five touchdowns as a senior ... led Dunbar High School with 35 receptions for 563 yards (16.1 average), including five for touchdowns ... also returned nine punts for 245 yards (27.2 average) and two scores, and returned nine kickoffs for 322 yards (35.8 average) and two touchdowns ... recorded 38 tackles as defensive back and defended six passes ... Lee County Offensive Player of the Year ... two-time first team All-Lee County (junior and senior) ... Lee County All-Star Game MVP ... honorable mention All-Southwest Florida as a senior ... team lost in state semi-final game on the last play of the contest ... played football for head coach Phil Vogt ... also plays baseball and runs track ... ran a 10.7 in 100m and is a member of one of the top 4x100  relay teams in Florida ... is listed as a possible kickoff and punt return specialist for the Boilermakers

Personal: Full name is Antavian Edison ... son of Angel Edison ... area of academic interest is listed as sports management and sports medicine.

Trevor Foy
Trevor Foy
Lineman  -  Watch Highlights
6-8, 245
Louisville, Ky. (Saint Xavier HS)

High School: Recorded 78 tackles, including 12 sacks and 14 tackles for loss ... also broke up five passes and blocked a PAT ... selected first team all-state by the Associated Press in 2008 ... first team all-state selection by the Kentucky High School Athletics Association after his senior season .... Bluegrass Preps first team all-state ... kentuckyprepspace.com first team all-state ... St. Xavier High School advanced to the state semi-finals his senior season ... recorded 24 tackles and four sacks as a junior ... Orlando Sentinel All-Southern Team ... US Army All-American Bowl nominee ... played football for head coach Mike Glaser.

Personal: Full name is Trevor Thomas Foy ... born on Oct. 17, 1990 ... son of Keenan and Kim Foy ... has three brothers, Hunter, Parker and Spencer ... area of academic interest is listed as business.

Rob Henry
Rob Henry
Quarterback  -  Watch Highlights
6-2, 200
Ocala, Fla. (Trinity Catholic HS)

High School: Threw for 1,917 yards and 17 touchdowns while also rushing for 177 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... passed for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns while also rushing for 200 yards and five scores as a junior ... three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 96 on the Miami Herald's 2009 Top 100 Florida Football Players ...  named to Reebok Florida Phenoms third team ... led team to state finals as a senior ... played football for head coach John Brantley.

Personal: Full name is Robert Henry ... born on Jan. 26, 1990 ... son of Wayne and Rhonda Henry ... has one sister, Kalea ... plans to major in engineering at Purdue.

Gabe Holmes
Gabe Holmes
Tight End  -  Watch Highlights
6-4, 230
Miramar, Fla. (Saint Thomas Aquinas HS)

High School: Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... ranked as the No. 27 tight end nationally by Scout.com ... caught 18 passes for 480 yards and three touchdowns despite missing three games with thigh injury ... second team All-Broward County as a senior ... had 11 catches for 80 yards as junior ... team won back-to-back 5A state championships ... Saint Thomas Aquinas was named the 2008 national champions by ESPN.com ... also earned three varsity letters in basketball ... played AAU basketball with fellow Purdue commit Gary Bush ... played football for head coach George Smith, who is a Purdue alum.

Personal: Full name is Gabrison B. Holmes ... born on March 29, 1991 in Plantation, Fla. ... son of Walter and Annie Holmes ... father was a long jumper for USA Track and Field at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles ... has a sister, Ahmane ... is undecided on his major at Purdue, but future plans include sports management.

Josh Johnson 
Josh Johnson
Wide Receiver/Cornerback  -  Watch Highlights
5-11, 180
Dade City, Fla. (Pasco HS)

High School: Rushed 39 times for 204 yards (5.2 average) ... also caught 32 passes for 466 yards (14.6 average) and nine touchdowns ... 2008 first team All-Sunshine Athletic Conference ... first team All-Suncoast in 2008 ... St. Petersburg Times All-North Sun Coast and Tampa Tribune first team All-Pasco County as a senior ... team advanced to the state semifinals his senior year ... also plays baseball and was named one of the top 100 juniors in the nation after leading the Tampa Bay area in home runs ... played football for coaches Dale Cap and Tom McHugh.

Personal: Full name is Joshua Johnson ... born on Sept. 10, 1990 ... son of Isaac Johnson and Nikki Craig ... has two siblings, NeQuan Craig-Myers and Isaac Johnson ... is undecided on his area of academic interest at Purdue.

Justin Kitchens
Justin Kitchens
Lineman  -  Watch Highlights
6-5, 260
Warner Robins, Ga. (Houston County HS)

High School: Recorded 55 tackles, including five sacks ... forced one fumble and recovered two ... also played tight end ... earned first team all-region as a junior ... 2008 honorable mention GSHA All-Middle Georgia selection ... listed on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's The Georgia 150 ... played football for coach Greg Robinson.

Personal: Full name is Justin Kelsey Kitchens ... born on April 17, 1991 in Americus, Ga. ... son of Linda Hurley ... has two sisters, Chasity and Kierra Hurley ... intends to major in sports medicine.

Eric McDaniel
Eric McDaniel
Defensive Tackle  -  Watch Highlights
6-2, 295
Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun HS)

High School: Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ranked as the No. 31 defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com ... recorded 56 tackles, including seven for loss and three sacks as a junior ... all-area by the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Rome News-Trbiune after his junior and senior years ... Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State after his senior year ...  selected Class AA first team all-state as a senior ... team advanced to the state championship game his senior year ... listed on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's The Georgia 150 ... played football for coach Hal Lamb ... also participates in track and field ... placed seventh in Class AA in the discus as a junior.

Personal: Full name is Eric McDaniel ... born on Sept. 8, 1990 ... son of Michael McDaniel and Francena Knowles ... has four siblings, Autumn, Shanta, Kira and Donovan ... areas of academic interest include physical education and sports management.

Xavier Melton
Xavier Melton
Defensive Tackle  -  Watch Highlights
6-3, 280
Lakeland, Fla. (George Jenkins HS)

High School: Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... recorded 60 tackles, including seven sacks, and five fumbles forced his senior season ...  All-Polk County as a senior and honorable mention as a junior ... team defensive MVP his senior year ... honorable mention All-Class 5A by the Florida Sportwriters Association ... first team FACA All-District 12 his senior year ... played football for coach Pat Dooley ... also scored three touchdowns as a running back his senior year ... bench presses over 400 pounds.

Personal: Full name is Xavier Vanshard Melton ... born on April 13, 1990 in Lakeland, Fla. ... son of Willie and Bessie Melton ... plans to major in kinesiology at Purdue.

Kevin Pamphile
Kevin Pamphile
Lineman  -  Watch Highlights
6-5, 245
Miami, Fla. (Miami Central HS)

High School: Invited to play in Nike South Florida All-Star game with fellow Purdue newcomers Gary Bush and Brandon Taylor ... first year of football was his senior year ... had 31 tackles and 12 sacks in his lone prep season ... named All-Dade County in 2008 ... played football for coach Telly Lockett ... also plays basketball and averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game his junior year.

Personal: Full name is Kevin S. Pamphile ... born on Nov. 27, 1990 in Miami, Fla. ... son of Serge and Marie Pamphile ... has a brother, Christopher, and three sisters, Fabiana, Regine and Maxine ... plans to major in engineering at Purdue.

Chris Quinn 
Chris Quinn
Cornerback  -  Watch Highlights
5-10, 185
Miami, Fla. (Miami Southwest HS)

High School: Senior season was cut short after suffering a torn meniscus after just three games ... still managed to record 20 tackles, two interceptions and three receiving touchdowns as a senior ... as a junior, finished with 80 tackles, one interception and three fumble recoveries ... played football for coach Patrick Burrows ... also runs track (100 and 200m) and participates in the long jump and high jump ... has run a 10.8 in the 100.

Personal: Full name is Christopher Nishod-Alan Quinn ... born on Aug. 8, 1991 in Miami, Fla. ... son of Gail Quinn ... has three sisters, Latarsha, Clarice and Keyona ... plans to major in business management at Purdue.

Xavier Reese
Xavier Reese
Wide Receiver  -  Watch Highlights
6-3, 180
North Lauderdale, Fla. (Northeast HS)

High School: Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... had 28 receptions for 528 yards and three touchdowns as a senior ... third leading receiver in Broward County as a senior ... All-Broward County in 2008 ... honorable mention All-Miami Herald as a senior ... caught 20 passes for 341 yards and three scores as a junior  ... played football for coach Adam Ratkevich ... Ratkevich  played for Purdue wide receiver coach Brian Rock ... reminds the Purdue coaching staff of former wide receiver Greg Orton.

Personal: Full name is Xavier A. Reese ... born on Dec. 4, 1990 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. ... son of Willie Reese and Sabrina Money ... has three sisters: Brendaysha, Ceanna and Tamika ... plans on majoring in business management at Purdue.

Brandon Taylor 
Brandon Taylor
Defensive Tackle  -  Watch Highlights
6-1, 290
Aventura, Fla. (Dr. Krop HS)

High School: Three-star prospect rated No. 35 nationally among defensive tackles by Scout.com ... finished his senior season with 118 total tackles, 14 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered ... named All-Dade County his senior year ... amassed 78 tackles, 12 1/2 sacks and five forced fumbles as a junior ... began playing football as a junior in high school ... played football for coach David Hudson ... invited to play in Nike South Florida All-Star Game with fellow Purdue newcomers Kevin Pamphile and Gary Bush ... two-time National Honor Roll Society member.

Personal: Full name is Brandon L. Taylor ... born on June 21, 1991 in Bayonne, N.J. ... son of Wendy Spann and Lawrence Taylor ...  Father played 13 seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants and is enshrined in t he Pro Football Hall of Fame ... plans to major in sports medicine at Purdue.

Najee Tyler
Najee Tyler
Quarterback  -  Watch Highlights
6-4, 215
Fresh Meadows, N.Y. (Xaverian HS)

High School: Was 160 of 306 (.523) for 2,252 yards, 23 touchdowns and six interceptions as a senior ... rushed 44 times for 106 yards and four scores during regular season ... tossed a season-high four touchdown passes against Chaminade and threw for three scores in a game three times last season ... named Brooklyn Player of the Year... led all CHSFL Class AAA quarterbacks in passing yards and touchdowns ... threw for 10 touchdowns and 1,304 yards as a junior ... played football for coach Joe DeSiena ... participated in the East vs. New Jersey Game, as well as the Boomer Esiason All-Star Game.

Personal: Full name is Najee Tyler ... born on March 22, 1991 ...

Eric Williams
Eric Williams
Wide Receiver  -  Watch Highlights
5-10, 195
Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee HS)

High School: Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... three-year letterwinner in football ... 2008 Manatee High School Coaches' Award recipient ... first team all-district and all-county as a senior ... first team All-5A West Florida in 2008 ... ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash at the 2008 Nike Combine (4.38) ... finished his high school career with 83 receptions for 1,327 yards ... as a senior he rushed 31 times for 520 yards (16.8 ypc) and eight scores ... also runs track ... played football for coach Joe Kinnan ... Purdue head coach Danny Hope was an assistant coach at Manatee High School from 1981 to 1984.

Personal: Full name is Eric Williams ... born on Sept. 11, 1989 ... undecided in area of academic interest at Purdue.

2009 Recruits Already at Purdue

Dwayne Beckford
Linebacker  -  Watch Highlights
6-3, 210
Irvington, N.J. (Irvington HS)

Signed with the Boilermakers in February of 2008 but did not enroll ... subsequently returned home for the fall semester ... a year ago was ranked the No. 24 player in New Jersey by Rivals.com ... earned first-team all-state honors as a senior after recording 104 tackles, including 17 sacks, to go with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... first team all-conference, all-region and all-area as junior after recording 85 tackles, including 10 sacks, and two fumble recoveries for the state championship runner-up team ... coach was Darnell Grant ... prep teammate of Purdue wide receiver Waynelle Gravesande.

Antwon Higgs
Linebacker  -  Watch Highlights
6-3, 250
Pompano Beach, Fla. (Pompano Beach HS)

Three-star prospect and ranked the No. 35 weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com ... as senior, recorded 102 tackles with two interceptions ... All-Broward County as a senior ... had 21 receptions as a tight end ... totaled 120 tackles, including six sacks, his junior year ... coach was Greg McGirt ... reminds the Purdue coaching staff of Shaun Phillips.

Al-Terek McBurse
Running Back  -  Watch Highlights
6-0, 190
Winter Springs, Fla. (Winter Springs HS)

Four-star prospect and ranked the No. 23 running back in the nation by Rivals.com ... as senior, rushed for a Seminole County-record 2,238 yards with 23 touchdowns while averaging more than 12 yards per carry ... rushed for 1,384 yards and nine touchdowns his junior year ... coach was Mike Kintz.







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