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Gold and Black Illustrated, Vol 28 Digital 6

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 6 62 BY BRIAN NEUBERT I f there's one thing that's been clear about recruiting under Jeff Brohm and his coaching staff at Purdue, it's that they will back down from no one. That has apparent through an un- precedented summer around West Lafayette, one in which Purdue se- cured almost a whole recruiting class worth of commitments before July even hit, in part because of college football's new recruiting cal- endar allowing for summer official visits. As of the end of June, Purdue's 19 commitments matched Mississippi for the most in the country, after a breakneck run in which com- mits came one after the oth- er for a good two weeks straight, for the second time in as many sum- mers under Brohm and staff. O b v i o u s l y, as is the na- ture of recruit- ing, Purdue's summer com- mitment list may wind up proving to be just a rough draft of its eventual signing class, but regard- less, the summer commitment spree was one thing, what may lie ahead another. Purdue already holds a com- mitment from local defensive end George Karlaftis, who was offered by virtually everyone, as well as four-star prospects Marvin Grant and Mer- shawn Rice at safety and wide receiver, respectively. Tight end Kyle Bilodeau is a Virginian who turned down a Virginia Tech of- fer and cornerback Nyles Beverly an Ohioan who earned an early 'A NEW PURDUE' Recruiting at Purdue has transformed under second-year staff Brian Neubert Defensive end George Karlaftis is one of the nation's elite players at his position. The West Lafayette High School product committed to near-by Pur- due in the fall. PURDUE COMMITMENTS Player Position Height Weight Hometown/School Cameron Allen Cornerback 6-1 185 Bluefield, Va./Graham Nyles Beverly Cornerback 6-1 185 Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia Kyle Bilodeau Tight End 6-5 235 Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest Brooks Cormier Punter 6-5 215 Tuscaloosa, Ala./American Christian Cam Craig Offensive Tackle 6-5 265 Dublin, Ohio/Jerome Marvin Grant Safety 6-2 190 Detroit/Martin Luther King Da'Joun Hewitt Running Back 5-11 190 Nashville, Tenn./Davidson Academy Spencer Holstege Offensive Tackle 6-5 275 Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian Dontay Hunter Defensive End 6-5 230 Westerville, Ohio/Central Crishawn Long Linebacker 6-2 195 Parma, Ohio/Padua Franciscan George Karlaftis Defensive End 6-5 240 West Lafayette/West Lafayette Sulaiman Kpaka Defensive Line 6-3 230 Grand Prairie, Texas/Grand Prairie Demetrius Mauney Running Back 6-0 190 Forest City, N.C./East Rutherford Garrett Miller Tight End 6-5 225 Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock Dave Monnot Offensive Guard 6-6 285 Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic Paul Piferi Quarterback 6-5 210 Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park Khali Saunders Linebacker 6-4 210 Elmhurst, Ill./Immaculate Conception Mershawn Rice Wide Receiver 6-2 185 Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg Chase Triplett Linebacker 6-3 210 Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City

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