(Below is Purdue’s press release from National Signing Day)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue football coach Danny Hope today announced the signing of 23 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Boilermakers. The group joins a pair of early enrollees as a 25-member recruiting class, Hope’s fourth at Purdue.
Junior college defensive end Greg Latta, who signed with Purdue in December, and tight end Carlos Carvajal, who signed with Purdue last May, are already enrolled in school and will participate in team activities throughout the spring.
The incoming class of 2012 features a number of athletic prospects at a number of different positions that excelled in high school on both sides of the ball, as well as special teams.
The recruits hail from 13 different states: six from Florida; four from Indiana and Texas; two from Michigan; and one each from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
2012 Purdue Football Recruits
Name Pos Ht Wt Hometown/High School
Danny Anthrop ATH 6-1 180 Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic
Austin Appleby QB 6-5 228 North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
Anthony Brown S 5-11 185 Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough Senior
Cameron Cermin OL 6-5 290 College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Jonathan Curry TE 6-3 235 Phenix, Ala./Central
Andy Garcia LB 5-11 220 Hialeah, Fla./ Hialeah
Aloyis Gray QB 6-3 175 Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Paul Griggs K 6-0 190 Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin
Jimmy Herman LB 6-4 220 Carmel, Ind./Carmel
Kingsley Ike DE 6-4 220 Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson
Jason King OL 6-4 310 Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy
BJ Knauf WR 5-11 185 Lakeland, Fla./Santa Fe Catholic
Bilal Marshall QB 6-3 175 Miami, Fla./Dade Christian
Thomas Meadows K 6-0 180 Goochland, Va./Goochland
Ryan Morris TE 6-6 248 Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat
Cameron Posey WR 6-2 180 Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage
JJ Prince OL 6-6 268 Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll
Jordan Roos OL 6-5 310 Celina, Texas/Celina
Jordan Shine S 6-0 180 Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central
Devin Smith OL 6-7 325 Ypsilanti, Mich. /Arizona Central
Joey Warburg OL 6-5 255 Louisville, Ky./Trinity
Ryan Watson DE 6-3 275 Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel
Jordan Woods WR 6-2 175 Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline
2012 Purdue Football Recruits – Mid-Year
Name Pos Ht Wt Hometown/Last School
Carlos Carvajal TE 6-7 240 Hialeah, Fla./Milford Academy
Greg Latta DE 6-6 265 La Quinta, Calif./College of the Desert
6-1 // 180
Lafayette, Ind. // Central Catholic
Rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … team won back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2011 … Rushed for 1,757 yards as a senior, averaging 12.6 yards per carry with 32 touchdowns … also caught 44 passes for 834 yards (19.0 ypc) and 13 scores in 2011 … rushed for a season-high 255 yards with three touchdowns on 23 carries in Central Catholic’s 38-7 win over Scecina in the IHSAA Class 1A state championship game … rushed for 230 yards and five touchdowns on merely 10 carries in a game against Heritage Christian … caught six passes for a season-high 195 yards and three touchdowns against Twin Lakes … also had 54 tackles, two interceptions a fumble forced and a fumble recovered as a safety … as a junior, had 60 receptions for 994 yards and 14 touchdowns … averaged 11.7 yards per carry as a junior, rushing for 787 on merely 67 carries for 12 scores … returned four punts and three kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2010 … had 70 tackles and three interceptions, including one he returned for a score as a junior at safety … qualified for the state track meet as a junior in the 100-meters, running a 10.6 … recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time at Purdue’s summer camp … brother, Dru, plays basketball at Purdue … already admitted to Purdue … high school coach was Kevin O’Shea.
6-5 // 228
North Canton, Ohio // Hoover
Rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com … listed among the top “pro style” quarterback prospects nationally by Tom Lemming … recognized as one of the “Elite 11” quarterbacks in the nation during the 2011 summer camp … according to 247sports.com finished his senior year 105 of 237 passing for 1,417 yards and eight touchdowns … completed 94 of 186 passing attempts for 1,427 and 14 touchdowns in seven games as a junior before injuring his knee … high school coach was Don Hertler … Purdue offensive coordinator Gary Nord coached his father at Louisville.
5-11 // 185
Tampa, Fla. // Hillsborough Senior
2011 second team All-Hillsborough County … selected to the FACA District 15 All-Star Game … recorded 25 tackles, including 15 solo stops, with a pair of interceptions and three passes defended as a senior … also gained 911 yards on 139 carries with 14 touchdowns and finished with 18 receptions for 239 yards and a score in 2011 … averaged 24.1 yards per kickoff return, with a long of 86 yards as a senior … finished with 69 total tackles, including 62 solo stops, with an interception and a PBU as a junior … also caught four passes for 52 yards in 2010 high school coach was Earl Garcia … has run a 10.58 in the 100-meters and 21.60 in the 200 … among the primary schools recruiting him were Indiana, Iowa State, USF and UCF.
6-7 // 240
Hialeah, Fla. // Milford Academy
Four-star prospect by Rivals.com … originally signed with Purdue last May, but spent the 2011 season at Milford Academy in New York … named Milford’s offensive player of the game in a 38-21 win against Wagner on Sept. 11, after grabbing four catches for 47 yards with a two-point conversion … caught two passes for 46 yards against Army Prep … also had three tackles for loss on the season, including a pair against Atlanta Sport Prep … ranked as the No. 28 tight end recruit in the nation by ESPN.com and a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com following the 2010 season at Hialeah High School … high school coach was Marc Berman … among the primary schools recruiting him were Miami and Alabama.
6-6 // 305
College Station, Texas // A&M Consolidated
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com … blocked for an offense that averaged 354.2 yards per game, including 208.5 yards on the ground with 28 rushing touchdowns, in 2011 … anchored an offensive line as a junior that helped Consolidated average 400 yards rushing per game, including five contests with 450 more yards on the ground, and score 59 rushing touchdowns in 2010 … high school coach was David Raffield … among the primary schools recruiting him were Texas Tech, SMU and Rice.
6-3 // 235
Phenix, Ala. // Central
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … rated as one of the top tight end talents nationally by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming … had 23 catches for 249 yards and one touchdown as a senior … 2011 Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game participant … 2011 honorable mention all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … national finalist for the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award, presented each year to the nation’s top African-American male high school scholar athlete … National Honor Society, National Beta Club, National Society of High School Scholars, Who’s Who Among, All-American Scholars, National Youth Leadership Council, National Junior Beta Club, Alabama-Mississippi All State, Special Olympics Volunteer and Top 16 ESPN Tight End while maintaining a 3.96 grade-point average … finished with 14 catches for 200 yards with one touchdown as a junior … high school coach was Woodrow Lowe.
5-11 // 220
Hialeah, Fla. // Hialeah
First team All-Dade County his senior season .. Played in the Florida High School All-Star game … finished with 111 tackles, 12 sacks, 20 tackles for losses, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 2010 … third team All-Dade County as a junior … high school coach was Marc Berman … among the primary schools recruiting him were N.C. State and Georgia Tech.
6-3 // 175
Indianapolis, Ind. // Pike
Three-star recruit and rated as the No. 24 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com … ranked as the No. 7 player in the state by ihigh.com … also rated by analyst Tom Lemming as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country … high school coach was Derek Moyers … among the primary schools recruiting him were Indiana, Northwestern and Cincinnati.
6-0 // 190
Charlotte, N.C. // Charlotte Latin
Ranked as the No. 3 kicker in the nation and a three-star prospect by Scout.com … three-star prospect and No. 5 kicker in the nation by Rivals.com … 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant … Hit a 57-yard field goal in the first game of his senior year … 2011 Associated Press All-State North Carolina, All-Observer Football First Team, All-Mecklenburg Football First Team Kicker, All-South Charlotte News Team, Selected as 2012 Felix “Doc” Blanchard Award Nominee, selected for 2012 USA Football U-19 National Team, Oasis All-Star Shrine Classic Game NCISAA Football Division I All-State, 2011 CISAA All-Conference, top five finalist WSOC-TV Big 22 High School Football Players, finalist Kicker of the Year Greater Charlotte Football Awards … 2010 NCISAA All-State first team, CISAA All-Conference and AP All-State for North Carolina as a junior … was 8 for 11 with a long of 48 yards in 2010 … high school coach was Larry McNulty … among the primary schools recruiting him were Duke, Rutgers, South Carolina and North Carolina.
6-4 // 220
Carmel, Ind. // Carmel
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … rated by analyst Tom Lemming as one of the top outside linebacker prospects in the nation … team won the 5A Indiana State Championship his senior season … 2001 Associated Press Class 5A All-State … also runs the hurdles and throws the discus for Carmel High School … state qualifier in track … high school coach was Kevin Wright … both of his parents are Purdue graduates … plans to major in bio-med engineering … has a 4.0 grade-point average in high school … already admitted to Purdue … among the primary schools recruiting him were Northwestern and Harvard.
6-4 // 220
Pflugerville, Texas // Hendrickson
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … second team All-District 16-4A as a senior … had 61 tackles and six sacks in 2010 … third team All-Central Texas and first team All-District 16-4A as a junior … high school coach was Chip Killian … among the primary schools recruiting him were Rice and Iowa State … scored an 1110 on his SAT.
6-4 // 310
Little Rock, Ark. // Pulaski Academy
As a senior, blocked for an offense that averaged 395.9 yards passing, 142.5 yards rushing and 538.4 yards of total offense per game … Pulaski Academy averaged 51.5 points per game in 2011 and went 14-0 en route to winning the Arkansas Boys State Football Playoff 4A championship … team won the state title with a 63-28 win over Malvern in the championship game … Pulaski scored no fewer than 38 points in any game in 2011 … as a junior, Pulaski averaged 368.4 yards passing, 161.0 yards rushing, 529.4 yards of total offense and 45.6 points per game … high school coach was Kevin Kelley.
5-11 // 185
Lakeland, Fla. // Santa Fe Catholic
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com … played quarterback in high school … rushed for 1,769 yards, threw for 861 yards and scored 33 total touchdowns as a senior … averaged 11.1 yards per carry as a senior and finished with 27 rushing touchdowns … also recorded 90 tackles as a defensive back … 2011 Associated Press All-State Class 2A football team … PolkPrep.com’s Small School Co-Offensive Player of The Year in 2011 … ran the faster 40 time at the Miami summer camp … rushed for 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior … has run a 10.7 100-meter dash and 21.54 in the 2000 … high school coach was William Dickerson … among the primary schools recruiting him were Indiana, UCF, Navy, USF and Vanderbilt.
6-6 // 265
La Quinta, Calif. // College of the Desert
An accomplished basketball player, only took up football in junior college … played tight end as a freshman at the College of the Desert before moving over to the defensive side of the ball as a sophomore … had nine tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in seven games played as a sophomore at COD … junior college coach was Dean Dowty.
6-3 // 175
Miami, Fla. // Dade Christian
Three-star prospect and rated as the No. 18 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com … three-star recruit by Scout.com … rated as the No. 20 combo passer in the nation by analyst Tom Lemming … completed 64 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions as a senior, and totaled 1,296 passing yards … averaged 8.5 yards per carry, gaining 675 yards on 79 carries with eight rushing touchdowns in 2011 … as a junior, threw for 1,358 yards and ran for 971 in 2010. Threw for 15 scores and ran for seven … holds Dade Christian record in the 400-meters and ran a 22.1 in the 200 as a junior … high school coach was Mike Sonneborn … other primary school recruiting him was Kansas.
6-0 // 180
Goochland, Va. // Goochland
Rated by Scout.com as the No. 18 kicking prospect in the nation … 2012 Ray Guy Prokicker.com High School All-American … averaged 41.2 yards per punt as a senior with a long of 53 … Placed 13 of his 26 punts inside the opposition’s 20-yard line and allowed only 14 punt return yards all season in 2011 … had 28 of his 40 kickoffs (70 percent) fall into the end zone for touchbacks … first team all-district, first team all-region and All-Metro as a senior … participated in the Chesapeake Bowl where he punted five times for a 46-yard average … high school coach was Joe Fowler … among the primary schools recruiting him were Virginia, Virginia Tech and Richmond.
6-6 // 248
Barnegat, N.J. // Barnegat
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … ranked as the No. 20 tight end nationally by analyst Tom Lemming … Asbury Park Press 2011 All-Shore team … 2011 third team All-Group 2 … New Jersey Football Coaches Association Super 100 … caught 21 passes for 358 yards, an average of 17.1 yards per reception, and two touchdowns as a senior … also had 37 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, defensively as a senior … averaged 16.5 yards per reception as a junior, hauling in 30 passes for 494 yards and four touchdowns … also had 31 tackles and two sacks as a defensive end his junior year … high school coach was Rob Davis.
6-2 // 180
Delray Beach, Fla. // American Heritage
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com … rated by analyst Tom Lemming among the top wide receivers in the nation … team won the state title his senior season … only played in the final three games in 2011 after injuring his wrist … as a junior, caught 16 passes for 266 yards and six touchdowns … high school coach was Doug Socha … among the primary schools recruiting him were Boston College, Virginia and Wake Forest.
6-6 // 268
Southlake, Texas // Southlake Carroll
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com … as a senior, blocked for a team that averaged 217.4 yards passing, 169.8 yards rushing and 387.2 total yards per game in the regular season … Carroll averaged 34.3 points per game and defeated its opponents by an average of 15.5 points per game during the regular season … all-state his senior year team went 16-0 and won the 2011 Texas Class 5A state championship … academic all-state … high school coach was Hal Wasson … among the primary schools recruiting him were Oregon State and Houston … scored 1480 on his SAT.
6-5 // 310
Celina, Texas // Celina
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … listed among the top offensive lineman in the nation by analyst Tom Lemming … missed the majority of his senior season after injuring his knee … team went 11-1 his junior season, winning the league title with a 4-0 record … two-time 3A shot put state champion … can bench press 435 pounds … high school coach was Butch Ford … among the primary schools recruiting him were Colorado and Baylor.
6-0 // 18
Indianapolis, Ind. // Warren Central
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … finished his senior year with 87 tackles, including 47 solo stops, along with five interceptions and five passes broken up … had a season-high 16 tackles against eventual state champion Carmel … recorded 14 tackles against Ben Davis … team went 11-1 in 2011 … had 35 tackles, an interception and six PBUs as a junior … team won the state championship his junior year … high school coach was John Hart … was the first player in the 2012 class to commit to Purdue … 14 players from his high school will sign NLIs on Feb. 1.
6-7 // 325
Ypsilanti, Mich. // Arizona Central
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … blocked for a team that averaged 237.7 yards rushing 210.7 yards passing and 448.4 yards of total offense per game in 2011 … team went 11-1, losing to East Mississippi Community College in the 2011 NJCAA Football Championship Game … Arizona Western finished the 2011 season ranked third in the nation in the final poll … junior college coach was Tom Minnick … earned a 3.4 grade-point average las fall … has three years of eligibility left.
6-5 // 255
Louisville, Ky. // Trinity
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com … blocked for an offense that averaged 215.2 yards rushing, 228.5 yards passing and 443.7 totals yards of offense per game his senior season … teams finished with 34 passing touchdowns and 41 rushing scores in 2011 … team won back-to-back Kentucky Boys State Class 6A Football titles his junior and senior seasons … high school coach was Bob Beatty … played for the same high school as current Purdue long snapper Jesse Schmitt.
6-3 // 275
Olney, Md. // Our Lady of Good Counsel
Four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … rated as the No. 18 recruit at his position in the nation by Rivals.com … ranked among the top defensive ends in the nation by analyst Tom Lemming … totaled 22 tackles, two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two pass breakups as a senior … team won three consecutive league titles and finished the 2011 season ranked in the top 6 in the final national rankings by Sports Illustrated (No. 4), PrepNation (No. 4), Fox Sports/Scout.com (No. 4), CBS Sports/MaxPreps (No. 5), ESPN (No. 5), Rivals.com (No. 6) and USA Today (No. 6) … 2011 team captain … high school coach was Bob Milloy … among the primary schools recruiting him were South Carolina, Rutgers and Syracuse.
6-2 // 175
Ann Arbor, Mich. // Skyline
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … 2011 All-Southeast Conference … 2011 All-Washtenaw County … as a senior, had 45 receptions for 1,163 yards and 16 touchdowns despite losing his starting quarterback in Week 7 … also returned two interceptions for touchdowns, had a kick return for a score, scored a rushing touchdown and threw two touchdowns … team offensive MVP as a senior … caught 65 passes for 1,103 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior … finished with 15 receptions for 279 yards and two touchdowns in a game against Bedford in 2010 … caught 10 passes for 218 yards and pair of scores against Heartland his junior season … high school coach was Rodrek Jones.