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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 26, ISSUE 6 71 BY BRIAN NEUBERT M ake no mistake: There will be challenges for Purdue in recruiting this coming year. Results on the field haven't helped the Boilermakers' case on the trail, and now security questions will inev- itably surface should a dramatic turn- around not materialize early in the 2016 season. Beyond that, Purdue's breaking in a largely new coaching staff, such turn- over often bringing with it a break in continuity. Be all that as it may, Darrell Hazell and staff have found some positive early results, with a seven-man group of early commitments that includes some of the staff's top targets at im- portant positions. In late June, Purdue scored seem- ingly important wins on wide receiver C.J. Hayes, quarterback Nick Sipe and running back Antwuan Branch. While none held the highest-pro- file offer sheets, Hayes did have more than 20 and at least one Big Ten pow- er, Michigan State, pushing to keep him uncommitted, while California's Sipe could easily have held out for likely Pac-12 opportunities instead of pledging to Purdue, for which some Purdue Recruiting Roundup June commitment run brings Purdue total to seven PRESENTS: FOOTBALL RECRUITING C.J. Hayes is a big, physically devel- oped wide receiver who chose Purdue over a list of 20-some non-Power 5 offers. He may have been on the verge of bigger ones. TARGETED 25 A look at some of the players Purdue has targeted for its 2016 recruiting class. Player Pos Ht Wt Hometown/School Griffin Alstott QB 6-2 195 St. Petersburg, Fla./Northside Christian Marquise Blair LB 6-2 210 Wooster, Ohio/Dodge City (Kansas) C.C. Antwuan Branch RB 6-0 200 Clarksville, Tenn./Kenwood Christian Cumber S 5-11 180 Denver/Mullen Tyler Hamilton WR 5-9 160 Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head Brevin Harris WR 6-5 180 Creston, Ohio/Norwayne Travell Harris WR 5-9 180 Tampa, Fla./Jesuit Javan Hawes WR 6-0 185 Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek C.J. Hayes WR 6-2 195 Bowling Green, Ky./South Warren Donte Howell WR 6-3 180 Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite Robert Hudson OL/DL 6-8 300 Walled Lake, Mich./Western Caleb Jones OL 6-9 320 Indianapolis/Lawrence North Marcus Jones CB 5-9 170 Enterprise, Ala./Enterprise Tijaun Mason DE 6-6 220 Memphis, Tenn./Trezevant Lorenzo McCaskill LB 6-2 210 Southfield, Mich./Southfield Marcus McElroy RB 6-1 200 Denver/Mullen Derrius Mullins DT 6-5 285 Columbus, Ohio/DeSales Jake Paulson DE 6-4 230 Louisville, Ky./Christian JaVonte Payton WR 6-1 180 Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro Malcolm Robinson DT 6-2 280 Massillon, Ohio/Washington Nick Sipe QB 6-4 190 Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park Drew Tejchman ATH 6-0 190 Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb Joshua Turner CB 6-0 175 Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage Jylton Tusha OL 6-5 305 Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian Mitch West DB 5-10 175 Lombard, Ill./Montini Purdue commitments in bold

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