In just one week, the Purdue Boilermakers have jumped four schools in the 2019 Big Ten recruiting rankings. Eight commitments in a week including two 4-stars signals that a solid class could be in the making. First, a successful season on the field for Jeff Brohm, and now, what is shaping up to be a successful recruiting class for the new coach.
A flurry of mid-June commitments
The last week was big for Boilermaker football. Kicking off the string of eight commitments was Paul Piferi on June 11.
Paul Piferi is a 3-star, pro-style quarterback out of Villa Park, Calif. Piferi had offers from six PAC-12 schools as well as a number of Ivy League. Ultimately, the quarterback chose to travel far away from home to West Lafayette, Ind.
So excited to announce that I will continue my education and football at Purdue University! Thank you to the coaches from all of the colleges that recruited me through this process. 🚂 🔨 #boilerup #hammerdown #brohmsquad #purduefootball pic.twitter.com/HMJwExYBK4
— Paul Piferi (@paul_piferi16) June 12, 2018
Kyle Bilodeau, 3-star tight end, committed to Purdue on June 15. Bilodeau comes from the state of Virginia and is ranked in the top 1000 players nationally. At 6-6, 238 pounds, Bilodeau will provide imposing size at the tight end position.
Dave Monnot III
Monnot III also committed on June 15 and comes out of Joliet Catholic Academy in Illinois. Monnot is a 6-6 offensive tackle rated as a 3-star by 247Sports. 247 predictions had Monnot strong to the Fighting Illini, but the verbal went the way of the black and gold instead.
The third commit of the 15th was offensive tackle Spencer Holstege. Holstege stands just one inch shorter than his counterpart Monnot. He is out of Grand Rapids, Mich. and also had an offer from Michigan State. Holstege was originally committed to Miami University in Ohio before decommitting on June 4.
A day later came 3-star athlete Demetrius Mauney. Mauney attends Forrest City High School in North Carolina. According to 247, Mauney ran for over 1500 yards and 20 touchdowns this past season for Forrest City. He also showed off on the defensive side of things—going for 63 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Dontay Hunter II
Dontay Hunter II is a 3-star defensive end from Westerville, Ohio. The Columbus area native attended Ohio State camps and visited the Buckeyes before ultimately deciding on Purdue. However, 247’s latest predictions put the weak-side end at a 90% chance of committing to the Kentucky Wildcats. Those percentages will surely be swayed once Hunter’s Sunday commitment is taken into account.
Chrishawn Long is another Ohio native that will be heading one state over to the west. Committing on Monday, Long chose Purdue over Indiana, Minnesota and a number of MAC schools. He stands a 6-2 and 200 pounds while ranked 63rd in the state of Ohio.