WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue football coach Joe Tiller today announced the signing of 21 student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent to join four others for a 25-member recruiting class. The recruiting class is Tiller's 12th at Purdue.
The Boilermakers received signed letters from 12 defensive players, six offensive players, one player listed on both sides of the ball, one player listed an as athlete and one special teams player. There are four defensive ends, four linebackers, three defensive backs, three wide receivers, two offensive linemen, one defensive tackle, one punter-kicker, one quarterback and one running back-defensive back.
"This class is another step toward adding the type of student-athletes that have been successful here in the past," Tiller said. "It is the most talented class we have recruited in the last four or five years, and I would expect four or five and more of these guys to see the field for us this fall. Combined with last year's class, the foundation should be in place for a championship-caliber team down the road."
The recruits hail from nine different states: five from Indiana; three from Florida, Illinois and Texas; two from Georgia and New Jersey; and one from Alabama, Virginia and West Virginia.
In January, the Boilermakers inked three other prospects: offensive tackle Ken Plue, offensive tackle Rick Schmeig and wide receiver Aaron Valentin. In addition, offensive tackle Mike Chacksfield enrolled full time after being a part-time student last semester. All four currently are taking classes at Purdue and are slated to participate in spring practice.
Dwayne Beckford, LB, 6-3, 210, Irvington, N.J. (Irvington)
Ranked as No. 24 player in New Jersey by Rivals.com ... first-team all-state as senior ... recorded 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 state championships runner-up team ... timed at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Darnell Grant ... teammate of ?current Boilermaker Waynelle Gravesande.
Alvin Blackmon, WR, 6-1, 190, Corinth, Texas (Lake Dallas)
Named Offensive Player of the Year by Denton Record-Chronicle and all-district as senior ... had 54 receptions for 979 yards (18.4 average) and 11 touchdowns ... rushed for 101 yards on 18 carries (5.6 average) with two touchdowns ... averaged 30 yards on kickoff returns with an 85-yarder for a touchdown ... had 33 receptions for 791 yards (24.0 average) and seven touchdowns as junior ... timed at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Mike Young.
Ralph Bolden, ATH, 5-9, 185, Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 58 athlete nationally and No. 44 player in Georgia by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 64 running back nationally and No. 43 player in Georgia by Scout.com ... named Region 2-AA Offensive Player of the Year ... member of Florida Times-Union Super 24 and all-state running back as senior ... rushed for 1,572 yards on 154 carries (10.2 average) with 17 touchdowns ... had 1,963 yards of total offense ... also recorded 13.5 tackles, three interceptions and one blocked kick ... recorded 902 yards of total offense with 771 yards rushing on 64 attempts (12.0 average) and eight touchdowns as junior ... also had 27.5 tackles and four interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) and recovered two fumbles ... first team all-region as defensive back and second team all-region running back ... timed at 4.43 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Rich McWhorter ... teammate of current Boilermakers DeVarro Greaves and David Pender.
Andrew Brewer, C, 6-4, 250, Huntington, W. Va. (Cabell Midland)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 20 center nationally and No. 2 player in West Virginia by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 43 guard by Scout.com ... three-year starter on offense and defense ... first team all-state and all-conference selection as senior ... recorded 43 tackles, including 15 for loss and eight sacks, with six pass breakups ... timed at 4.7 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Chip McMillian.
Jordan Brewer, WR, 6-5, 220, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 35 tight end nationally and No. 7 player in Indiana by Rivals.com ... first team all-state selection was voted state's top receiver as senior after catching 51 passes for 1,007 yards (19.7 average) and 15 touchdowns ... completed one pass for a 72-yard touchdown ... member of Class 5A state championship squad ... had 22 receptions for 477 yards (21.7 average) and six touchdowns as junior ... timed at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Mo Moriarity ... teammate of current Boilermakers Mike Conway and John Finch.
Monroe Brooks, DE, 6-6, 240, Palatine, Ill. (Palatine)
Selected as Mid-Suburban West Co-Defensive Player of the Year as senior ... named all-area by Daily Herald and Pioneer Press ... recorded 45 tackles, including 12 for loss and six sacks, to help team to first playoff appearance and victory in 10 years ... coach was Tyler Donnelly.
Chris Carlino, LB, 6-2, 215, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 27 middle linebacker nationally and No. 14 player in Indiana by Scout.com ... ranked as No. 9 player in Indiana by Rivals.com ... runner-up for Indiana Mr. Football and first team all-state, all-area and all-conference after totaling 136 tackles, including five sacks, with four interceptions, three pass breakups and three fumble recoveries as senior ... named to Indiana Football Coaches Association list of top 50 players in the state ... member of Indianapolis Star's Super Team and Daily Herald's list of top 33 players in Indiana ... runner-up for Indiana's Linebacker Award ... academic all-state selection ... had 24 receptions for 368 yards (15.3 average) and five touchdowns ... recorded 103 tackles as junior ... coach was Scott May ... teammate of current Boilermaker Chris Summers.
LaSalle Cooks, DE, 6-3, 225, Orlando, Fla. (Pine Castle Christian Academy)
Two-time all-state selection ... recorded 83 tackles (38 solo, 45 assists), including 14 for loss and nine sacks, with two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks as senior ... named all-district as junior after having 94 tackles, including 14 for loss and seven sacks ... coach was David Langdon ... three-year starter in basketball ... member of state championship basketball team his junior season ... state finalist in the shot put as junior.
Arsenio Curry, WR, 6-4, 210, Rufkin, Fla. (Fresno [Calif.] City College)
First team CCCFCA All-American after catching 30 passes for 510 yards (17.0 average) and three touchdowns as redshirt freshman ... PrepStar All-American ... will have three years of eligibility at Purdue ... timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Tony Caviglia, an assistant at Purdue from 1991 to 1993.
Peters Drey, OT, 6-6, 275, Theodore, Ala. (McGill Toolen)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 61 offensive tackle nationally and No. 31 player in Alabama by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 50 offensive tackle nationally by Scout.com ... first team all-state selection as senior ... twice named all-district ... graded out at 92 percent for season on assignments ... played in Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star Classic ... Scholastic Award recipient ... team captain ... coach was Steve Savarese.
Albert Evans, RB-DB, 6-0, 195, Gary, Ind. (Portage)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 8 player in Indiana by Rivals.com ... all-state selection as senior after rushing for 743 yards on 177 carries (4.2 average) ... had 18 receptions for 216 yards (12.0 average) ... returned two punts 43 and 57 yards for touchdowns ... rushed for 1,603 yards and 12 touchdowns as junior ... timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Craig Buzea.
Nnamdi Ezenwa, LB, 6-2, 210, Acworth, Ga. (North Cobb)
Two-time county Defensive Player of the Year ... selected team Most Valuable Player as senior after recording 80 tackles, including 13 for loss and 5.5 sacks ... led team to undefeated regular season ... coach was ?Shane Queen ... name is pronounced NAM-dee E-zen-WAH.
Kevin Green, CB, 5-10, 180, Tallahassee, Fla. (Rickards)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 64 cornerback nationally by Rivals.com ... also played safety and wide receiver and returned kickoffs and punts ... first team all-areas as senior after recording 49 tackles, three fumble recoveries (two returned for touchdowns) and one interception ... had 92- and 99-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns ... timed at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Everett Blakely.
Derek Jackson, LB, 6-2, 215, Glen Allen, Va. (Deep Run)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 66 outside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com ... recorded 55 tackles (29 solo, 22 assists), including six sacks, with two fumble recoveries as senior ... caught four passes for 128 yards (32.0 average) and a touchdown ... had 40 tackles, including eight for loss, and three interceptions as junior ... timed at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Lenny Pritchard.
Robert Maci, DE, 6-4, 225, Fishers, Ind. (Cathedral)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 43 defensive end nationally and No. 7 player in Indiana by Scout.com ... first team all-state as senior after recording 68 tackles, including 14 for loss and two sacks, with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as senior ... honorable mention all-state selection as junior after totaling 54 tackles, including 10 for loss, with three fumble recoveries ... member of state championship team ... coach was Jim O'Hara ... parents are Purdue graduates ... last name is pronounced MAY-see.
Eric Mebane, DE, 6-4, 225, Grand Prairie, Texas (Bowie)
Named all-district and all-area as senior after totaling 82 tackles, including 16 sacks ... had 68 tackles, including five sacks, and two fumble recoveries as junior ... coach was Kenny Perry ... last name is pronounced ME-bane.
Gavin Roberts, S, 6-1, 205, Somerset, N.J. (Franklin)
Ranked the No. 27 player in New Jersey by Rivals.com ... first team all-division, all-area and all-county as senior after having 41 tackles and two interceptions ... caught 13 passes for 171 yards (13.2 average) and one touchdown and rushed for 156 yards on 44 carries (3.5 average) ... coach was Lou Solomon.
Kawann Short, DT, 6-4, 280, East Chicago, Ind. (Central)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 24 defensive tackle nationally and No. 6 player in Indiana by Scout.com ... selected to play in Indiana North-South All-Star Game ... totaled 85 tackles, including nine sacks, with two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts as senior ... had 80 tackles, including 15 for loss and 8.5 sacks, as junior ... coach was A.J. Rodriguez ... also played basketball and was teammate of Purdue men's basketball freshman E'Twaun Moore when East Chicago won Class 4A state championship in 2007.
Caleb TerBush, QB, 6-5, 210, Metamora, Ill. (Metamora Township)
Three-star prospect ranked as the No. 33 quarterback nationally by Scout.com ... ranked as No. 6 player in Indiana by Rivals.com ... first team all-area and all-conference as senior after passing for 1,575 yards and 16 touchdowns with merely three interceptions ... rushed for 859 yards with 16 touchdowns ... selected team co-Most Valuable Player ... led squad to 14-0 record and Illinois Class 5A state championship ... coach was Pat Ryan.
Tommie Thomas, S, 6-2, 175, Robbins, Ill. (Richards)
Three-star prospect ranked as No. 30 safety nationally and No. 12 player in Illinois by Scout.com ... all-state selection as senior after totaling 38 tackles, five pass breakups and four interceptions ... also passed for 1,541 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 648 yards and eight scores ... had 79-yard punt return ... set school record with 10 interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns, to go with 85 tackles and two fumble recoveries as junior ... coach was Gary Korhonen.
Carson Wiggs, P-K, 6-0, 200, Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie)
Ranked as No. 4 kicker nationally by ESPN.com and No. 11 by Rivals.com ... participated in Under Armour All-Star Game in January ... honorable mention all-state and first team all-district as both punter and kicker his senior season after averaging 37 yards per punt and making 8 of 13 field goals ... honorable mention academic all-state ... made a 46-yard field goal as junior ... made 15 of 23 field goals and 67 of 69 PAT attempts for career ... coach was David Fischer.
|Name||Hometown (High School)|
|Dwayne Beckford||Irvington, N.J. (Irvington)|
|Alvin Blackmon||Corinth, Texas (Lake Dallas)|
|Ralph Bolden||Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County)|
|Andrew Brewer||Huntington, W.Va. (Cabell Midland)|
|Jordan Brewer||Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)|
|Monroe Brooks||Palatine, Ill. (Palatine)|
|Chris Carlino||Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)|
|LaSalle Cooks||Orlando, Fla. (Pine Castle Christian Academy)|
|Arsenio Curry||Rufkin, Fla. (Fresno [Calif.] City College)|
|Peters Drey||Theodore, Ala. (McGill Toolen)|
|Albert Evans||Gary, Ind. (Portage)|
|Nnamdi Ezenwa||Acworth, Ga. (North Cobb)|
|Kevin Green||Tallahassee, Fla. (Rickards)|
|Derek Jackson||Glen Allen, Va. (Deep Run)|
|Robert Maci||Fishers, Ind. (Cathedral)|
|Eric Mebane||Grand Prairie, Texas (Bowie)|
|Gavin Roberts||Somerset, N.J. (Franklin)|
|Kawann Short||East Chicago, Ind. (Central)|
|Caleb TerBush||Metamora, Ill. (Metamora Township)|
|Tommie Thomas||Robbins, Ill. (Richards)|
|Carson Wiggs||Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie)|
|Name||Hometown (High School)|
|Mike Chacksfield||Cincinnati, Ohio (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy)|
|Ken Plue||Rensselear, N.Y. (Milford Academy)|
|Rick Schmeig||Cincinnati, Ohio (Oak Hills)|
|Aaron Valentin||Freeport, N.Y. (Erie Community College)|