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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Purdue recruiting analysis

By Adam Rittenberg

Purdue Boilermakers

The class

Recruits: 25 (23 high school seniors, one junior college player, one 2009 signee)

Top prospects: Wide receiver O.J. Ross from Florida can contribute right away for the pass-happy Boilers. Cornerback Ricardo Allen fills a critical need in the secondary, which loses all four starters and will feature plenty of competition before the season. Defensive tackle Bruce Gaston is a big get for a team that struggles to stop the run.

Sleepers: Allen generated the most recruiting buzz, but Purdue's other defensive backs in this class -- Normando Harris, E.J. Johnson, Antoine Lewis and junior college transfer Michael Eargle -- all could contribute early in the secondary.

Needs met: The secondary is Purdue's most pressing need, and the coaches answered it with five defensive backs. The Boilers also needed defensive line help and got it with Gaston and several others, while Sean Robinson adds another good arm to the mix at quarterback.

Analysis: Danny Hope isn't afraid to wait for good recruits, and his patience once again paid off with several strong pickups in the weeks before signing day. Allen can step in immediately at cornerback, and Robinson and Ross might form a dynamic passing combination several years down the road. Gaston is a huge addition for the defensive line, and Hope addressed areas like tight end and kicker.

Scouts Inc. grade: C

What Danny Hope said: