b>WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue football coach Joe Tiller
today announced the signing of 18 student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent. The recruiting class is Tiller's 11th at Purdue.
The Boilermakers received signed letters from eight offensive players, nine defensive players and one player listed as an athlete. There are three defensive ends, two running backs, two wide receivers, two defensive backs, two defensive tackles, two linebackers, one fullback, one quarterback, one offensive lineman and one tight end.
"For the second year in a row, I think we have done a good job of identifying and signing the type of student-athlete and person that is the right fit for Purdue," Tiller said. "This is a solid, workmanlike class, and we look forward to them getting to campus and becoming part of our program."
The recruits hail from 10 different states: four from Texas; three from Illinois and Indiana; two from New Jersey; and one from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and Ohio.
2007 Purdue Football Recruits
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)|
|Jared Crank||FB||6-2||230||Richardson, Texas (American Heritage)|
|Dan Dierking||RB||5-10||185||Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville)|
|Nickcaro Golding||DE||6-4||220||Evanston, Ill. (Evanston Township)|
|Gerald Gooden||DE||6-3||220||Hooks, Texas (Hooks)|
|Waynelle Gravesande||WR||6-0||175||Irvington, N.J. (Irvington)|
|Devarro Greaves||LB||6-3||200||Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County)|
|Malcolm Harris||RB||6-0||185||East Orange, N.J. (Paterson Catholic)|
|Tyler Haston||LB||6-3||210||Avon, Ind. (Avon)|
|Joe Holland||DB||6-2||205||Indianapolis, Ind. (Bishop Chatard)|
|Ryan Kerrigan||DT||6-5||230||Muncie, Ind. (Muncie Central)|
|Colton McKey||TE||6-6||215||The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands)|
|Josh McKinley||ATH||6-2||210||Leander, Texas (Leander)|
|Nick Mondek||DE||6-6||245||Naperville, Ill. (Naperville Central)|
|Preston Numa||DT||6-2||275||Kenner, La. (John Curtis Christian)|
|James Shepherd||OL||6-7||300||Crofton, Ky. (Christian County)|
|Derrick Sherman||WR||6-0||170||Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow)|
|Justin Siller||QB||6-4||200||Detroit, Mich. (Saint Mary's)|
|Charlton Williams||DB||6-3||200||Tamarac, Fla. (Coral Glades)|
2007 PURDUE FOOTBALL RECRUIT BIOGRAPHIES
|Jared Crank, FB, 6-2, 230, Richardson, Texas (American Heritage)|
Named first team all-state as fullback and second team as linebacker as senior ... district Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 888 yards on 82 carries (10.8 average) and 18 touchdowns ... topped team with 129 tackles, including seven sacks, to go with three fumble recoveries and two interceptions ... played for district championship squad ... spent time at three high schools in four years, also playing at Plano East High School and John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas ... timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Bob Giesey.
|Dan Dierking, RB, 5-10, 185, Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville)|
Three-star prospect and ranked No. 50 running back nationally by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 22 player in Illinois by Rivals.com ... named Illinois Player of the Year by Gatorade and Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year as senior after rushing for 2,509 yards (8.1 average) and 37 touchdowns ... rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns in state championship game victory over Mt. Carmel ... totaled 2,020 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns his junior year and 1,780 yards and 26 touchdowns as sophomore ... set school records for career rushing yards (6,309) and touchdowns (98) ... coach was Ron Muhitch ... father, Scott, was fullback at Purdue from 1973 to 1976 and ranks third in school history with 2,863 rushing yards ... named first team All-Big Ten as senior ... subsequently played in National Football League for New York Jets (1977-83) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1984).
|Nickcaro Golding, DE, 6-4, 220, Evanston, Ill. (Evanston Township)|
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 18 player in Illinois and No. 37 weakside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com ... all-state special mention by ChicagoSports.com ... first team all-area ... played just two seasons of high school football ... school does not keep statistics ... timed at 4.88 in the 40-yard dash ... also played basketball ... coach was Tony Johnson ... native of Jamaica.
|Gerald Gooden, DE, 6-3, 220, Hooks, Texas (Hooks)|
Ranked as No. 88 linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... first team all-district as tight end and defensive end and second-team all region defensive end as senior ... recorded 122 tackles, including eight sacks, with one interception his senior season ... first team all-area and all-district and honorable mention all-state as junior ... also played basketball ... timed at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Jim Rice.
|Waynelle Gravesande, WR, 6-0, 175, Irvington, N.J. (Irvington)|
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 15 player in New Jersey by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 31 prospect in New Jersey by Scout.com ... named all-area, all-county, all-conference and second team all-state after catching 52 passes for 797 yards (15.3 average) and 10 touchdowns as senior ... first team all-area, all-county and all-conference his junior season ... had 61 receptions for 819 yards (13.4 average) and 10 touchdowns as junior ... also played defensive back ... timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Darnell Grant ... last name is pronounced GRAVE-sand-EE.
|Devarro Greaves, LB, 6-3, 200, Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County)|
Ranked as No. 47 outside linebacker nationally by Scouts Inc. ... three-year starter, playing in all 15 games each season ... first team all-region team as both tight end and outside linebacker his senior season ... caught 35 passes for more than 800 yards and 10 touchdowns ... blocked two punts ... recorded 35 tackles and four sacks as junior ... named first team all-region on offense and second team all-region on defense as junior ... played in four consecutive state championship games, winning as sophomore and junior and sharing crown as senior (game ended in a tie) ... timed at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Rich McWhorter ... comes from same high school as current Purdue cornerback David Pender
|Malcolm Harris, RB, 6-0, 185, East Orange, N.J. (Paterson Catholic)|
Ranked as 19th-best all-purpose running back nationally by Rivals.com ... three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... named first team all-area, all-county and all-league as well as third team all-state as senior ... had 116 carries for 1,100 yards (9.5 average) and 18 touchdowns along with nine receptions for 150 yards (16.7 average) and three touchdowns his senior season ... led team to 11-0 record and non-public school state title as junior after rushing for 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns ... set school record with 4,856 yards of total offense ... timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Benjie Wimberly.
|Tyler Haston, LB, 6-3, 210, Avon, Ind. (Avon)|
Enrolled at Purdue as part-time student in August 2006 and began practicing with Boilermakers in December ... four-year starting quarterback and linebacker ... holds school career passing records for attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards, touchdowns and total offense ... named all-conference and all-state as senior ... completed 136 passes in 222 attempts (61.3 percent) for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns ... recorded 50 tackles, including three for loss and one sack, to go with five pass breakups and one interception during senior year ... earned all-conference honors on four occasions ... also a three-year starter and team Most Valuable Player in basketball and a regional champion high jumper ... member of National Honor Society ... timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Dave Shelbourne.
|Joe Holland, DB, 6-2, 205, Indianapolis, Ind. (Bishop Chatard)|
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 80 safety nationally by Scout.com and No. 4 player in Indiana by Rivals.com ... three-year starter ... named all-state, Indianapolis City Player of the Year and All-North Football Player of the Year as senior after rushing for 2,048 yards on 239 carries (8.6 average) and 35 touchdowns during senior season ... also had nine receptions for 153 yards (17.0 average) and one touchdown, returned nine punts for 137 yards (15.2 average), returned three kickoffs for 124 yards (41.3 average) and one touchdown and came up with two interceptions ... led team to the Class 3A state championship ... totaled 2,257 rushing yards on 331 carries (6.8 average) and 32 touchdowns with 19 receptions for 239 yards (15.9 average) his junior season ... rushed for 961 yards on 144 carries (6.7 average) and 11 touchdowns as sophomore ... set school record for career rushing yards (5,270) ... also played safety, outside linebacker and cornerback ... timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Vince Lorenzano ... comes from same high school as current Purdue defensive tackle Ryan Baker
|Ryan Kerrigan, DT, 6-5, 230, Muncie, Ind. (Muncie Central)|
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 43 strong side defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 3 overall prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com ... three-year starter in high school ... first team all-state and coaches' Top 50 selection as senior after leading state with 19 sacks among 90 tackles ... Defensive Lineman of the Year in Mr. Football voting ... had 40 receptions for 789 yards (19.7 average) and six touchdowns as tight end ... first team all-state as junior after recording 67 tackles, including 14 sacks, with two fumble recoveries and one interception (returned 83 yards for a touchdown) ... had 27 receptions for 443 yards (16.4 average) and two touchdowns ... timed at 4.8 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was John Hochstetler.
|Colton McKey, TE, 6-6, 215, The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands)|
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 48 tight end nationally by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 61 among Texas Top 200 Senior Playmakers ... used primarily as a blocking tight end ... first team all-district as senior after having 10 catches for 118 yards (11.8 average) and one touchdown ... timed at 4.76 in the 40-yard dash ... four-sport letterwinner his sophomore and junior years (football, basketball, baseball and track and field) ... coach was Mark Schmid.
|Josh McKinley, ATH, 6-2, 210, Leander, Texas (Leander)|
Ranked as No. 86 safety nationally by Scouts Inc. ... played both quarterback and safety ... district Most Valuable Player and finalist for Central Texas Player of the Year as senior ... completed 108 of 197 passes (55 percent) for 1,873 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions and rushed for 1,537 yards on 256 carries (6.0 average) and 18 touchdowns ... led team to a district title with 10-3 record ... named All-CenTex and all-district as junior ... recorded 28 tackles and three interceptions along with 268 yards receiving, 132 yards rushing and 56 yards passing during junior season ... timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Steve Gideon ... comes from same high school as current Purdue safety Torri Williams
|Nick Mondek, DE, 6-6, 245, Naperville, Ill. (Naperville Central)|
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ...ranked as No. 20 overall prospect in Illinois by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 18 player by ChicagoSports.com ... named all-city and all-conference as senior after amassing 67 tackles, including four sacks, with three pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles ... team captain ... totaled 51 tackles, including six sacks, with two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as junior ... had 68 tackles, including eight sacks, with three forced fumbles, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries his sophomore season ... also served as team's long snapper for two years ... timed at 4.72 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Mike Stine ... member of Honor Roll.
|Preston Numa, DT, 6-2, 275, Kenner, La. (John Curtis Christian)|
Named first team all-state as senior after recording 49 tackles, including 12 for loss and nine sacks, with five pass breakups and a fumble recovery ... began junior season at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, La., following Hurricane Katrina before returning to Curtis Christian for the last six games ... two-time all-district selection ... member of three consecutive state championship teams ... also played basketball ... timed at 4.8 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was 2006 USA Today National Coach of the Year, J.T. Curtis.
|James Shepherd, OL, 6-7, 300, Crofton, Ky. (Christian County)|
Three-star prospect and No. 46 offensive tackle by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 88 nationally by Scout.com ... ranked as No. 5 overall prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com ... named second team all-state and first team all-conference as senior ... academic all-state selection ... selected to Kentucky New Era All-Star team both his junior and senior seasons ... allowed merely one sack as senior and one sack as junior with 25 and 15 knockdowns ... coach was Mike Whitaker ... member of National Honor Society.
|Derrick Sherman, WR, 6-0, 170, Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow)|
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 29 overall prospect in Ohio and No. 71 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com ... ranked as No. 38 player in Ohio by Scout.com ... four-year starter with more than 100 career receptions ... caught 28 passes for 379 yards (13.5 average) and three touchdowns as senior ... missed two games with a thumb injury ... participated in Cincinnati East-West All Star Game ... named to all-city and all-region teams as junior and senior .... earned first team all-conference recognition as sophomore, junior and senior ... had 45 receptions for 400 yards (8.9 average) and six touchdowns as junior ... caught 60 passes as sophomore ... team Most Valuable Player his sophomore and junior seasons ... also returned kickoffs and punts ... timed at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash ... coach was Doc Gamble ... brother, B.T., plays football at Morgan State.
|Justin Siller, QB, 6-4, 200, Detroit, Mich. (Saint Mary's)|
Ranked as No. 14 dual-threat quarterback nationally by Rivals.com ... three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... completed 73 of 152 passes (48 percent) for 1,029 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions, while rushing 84 times for 379 yards (4.5 average) and six touchdowns as senior ... completed 65 of 108 passes (60.2 percent) for 1,428 yards, with 17 touchdowns and one interception, while rushing 62 times for 246 yards (4.0 average) and nine touchdowns his junior senior ... played two years at St. Martin De Porres High School before transferring to St. Mary's ... led basketball team to state semifinals during junior year ... also ran track, qualifying for the state championships in 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles as junior ... timed at 4.7 in 40-yard dash ... coach was George Porritt ... comes from same high school as former Purdue tight end Charles Davis
|Charlton Williams, DB, 6-3, 200, Tamarac, Fla. (Coral Glades)|
Honorable mention all-county as senior ... voted team's top defensive back and Defensive Most Valuable Player ... led squad with 19 pass breakups to go with 53 tackles ... blocked a punt ... timed at 4.5 in 40-yard dash ... coach was Rex Nottage.