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Friday, February 6, 2009
Recruiting snapshot: Purdue

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Head coach Danny Hope's first recruiting class at Purdue is up next on the rundown. 

Number of recruits: 20

Key needs: Wide receiver, running back, defensive line, defensive back

Highest-rated player (Scouts Inc.): Eric McDaniel (No. 26 nationally among defensive tackles)

The quote: "We believe this class is coming to Purdue with a purpose and will bring a swagger. Those guys down there in South Florida play with a swagger. Football's the most important thing to many of them, and it'll be nice to have some of that around here." -- Head coach Danny Hope, on his Florida-centric recruiting class

Quick take: This class likely will go one of two ways. Purdue's team speed and athleticism could be significantly upgraded by an influx of recruits (14) from Florida, a state that mass-produces game-changing skill players. Hope's ties to the Sunshine State could pay off with several immediate contributors like running back Al-Terek McBurse, linebacker Antwon Higgs and wide receiver Eric Williams. On the flip side, Purdue might be stuck with second-rate talent from a talent-rich state, and its newest players could struggle to adjust to Big Ten football and/or attending college so far from home. The class ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten, and it's up to Hope and his assistants to prove themselves as talent evaluators and developers. Purdue seemed to address a need at wide receiver with three additions, and defensive tackle prospects like McDaniel, Brandon Taylor and Cody Davis could play early in their careers.