Boilers land solid class

by | Dec 20, 2018 | Football Blogs, Headlines, RRSN News | 0 comments

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm announced the addition of 23 players during the early-signing period Wednesday. The class consists of high school players hailing from 10 different states and features four defensive backs and offensive linemen; three defensive ends and wide receivers; two linebackers, running backs and tight ends; and a defensive tackle, punter and quarterback.

2019 Purdue Early-Signing Period Class

Name Pos.  Hometown/High School
Cameron Allen DB Bluefield, Va./Graham
Nyles Beverly DB Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia
Kyle Bilodeau TE Mechanicsville, Va./Woodberry Forest
Brooks Cormier P Tuscaloosa, Ala./American Christian Academy
Cam Craig OL Dublin, Ohio/Jerome
King Doerue RB Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa
Steven Faucheux DT West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West
Jalen Graham DB Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech
Marvin Grant Jr. DB Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King
Spencer Holstege OL Grand Rapids, Mich./South Christian
Da’Joun Hewitt RB Nashville, Tenn./Davidson Academy
Dontay Hunter DE Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central
Kyle Jornigan OL Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney
George Karlaftis DE West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette
Sulaiman Kpaka DE Grand Prairie, Texas/Grand Prairie
Crishawn Long LB Parma, Ohio/Padua Franciscan
Garrett Miller TE Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock
Dave Monnot III OL Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic
Paul Piferi QB Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park
Mershawn Rice WR Reynoldsburg, Va./Reynoldsburg
Khali Saunders LB Elmhurst, Ill./Immaculate Conception
TJ Sheffield WR Thompson Station, Tenn./Independence
Milton Wright WR Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy Louisville

Chase Triplett LB Michigan City

Cameron Allen

  • Three-star defensive back by 247Sports
  • Three-star defensive back by Rivals
  • Three-star defensive back by ESPN
  • Team went 14-1 in his senior season, winning the 2018 Virginia Class 2 state championship
  • 2018 Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Year
  • In addition to defensive back, played quarterback in high school and accounted for the 61 total touchdowns as a senior, the third most by a player in Virginia high school history
  • Named 2018 first-team All-Region 2D as a quarterback and defensive back

Nyles Beverly

  • Three-star defensive back by 247Sports
  • Three-star defensive back by Rivals
  • Three-star defensive back by ESPN
  • Named 2018 first-team All-Ohio Division II by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association
  • Earned all-conference and all-region honors as a senior

Kyle Bilodeau

  • Four-star tight end by 247Sports
  • Three-star tight end by Rivals
  • Three-star tight end by ESPN
  • Team went 5-3 his senior season
  • Had 34 receptions for 455 yards and three touchdowns as a senior
  • Selected to play in the 2019 Polynesian Bowl in January

Brooks Cormier

  • Five-star punter by Chris Sailor Kicking
  • Five-star punter by Kohl’s Kicking
  • Three-star punter by 247Sports
  • Three-star punter by ESPN
  • Two-star punter by Rivals
  • Team went 12-1 his senior season, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Alabama Class 4A playoffs

Cam Craig

  • Three-star offensive lineman by 247Sports
  • Three-star offensive lineman by Rivals
  • Three-star offensive lineman by ESPN
  • Team went 5-5 in 2018

King Doerue

  • Three-star running back by 247Sports
  • Three-star running back by Rivals
  • Three-star running back by ESPN
  • According to MaxPreps, rushed 164 times for 1,356 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior
  • Also caught 16 passes for 351 yards and six touchdowns in 2018
  • Team went 11-4 in 2018, advancing to the Texas 6A D2 semifinals
  • First-team all-district honors as junior in 2017
  • Second-team all-district recognition as a sophomore in 2016

Steven Faucheux

  • Four-star defensive tackle by 247Sports
  • Four-star defensive tackle by Rivals
  • Four-star defensive tackle by ESPN

Jalen Graham

  • Three-star defensive back by 247Sports
  • Three-star defensive back by Rivals
  • Three-star defensive back by ESPN
  • Team went 11-2 in 2018, advancing to the second round of the Michigan state playoffs
  • 2018 Detroit News first-team All-State
  • 2018 MLive.com honorable mention All-State selection
  • 2018 Associated Press honorable mention All-State

Marvin Grant Jr.

  • Four-star defensive back by 247Sports
  • Four-star defensive back by Rivals
  • Four-star defensive back by ESPN
  • 2018 Detroit Public Schools League Defensive Player of the Year
  • All-Detroit Area as a senior
  • 2018 first-team Division 3-4 All-State by the Associated Press
  • High school went 12-2 in 2018, winning the Michigan Division 3 state championship

Spencer Holstege

  • Three-star offensive lineman by 247Sports
  • Three-star offensive lineman by ESPN
  • Two-star offensive lineman by Rivals
  • Team went 6-5 in 2018, advancing to the second round of the Division 4 playoffs
  • First-team All-State by the Detroit Free Press
  • Blocked for an offense that averaged 330 yards per game his senior season
  • Two-time All-Grand Rapids selection by MLive.com
  • First-team All-Area South as a senior

Da’Joun Hewitt

  • Three-star running back by 247Sports
  • Three-star running back by Rivals
  • Three-star running back by ESPN
  • Had 273 carries for 2,170 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior
  • Caught 19 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown in 2018
  • Team went 13-0 in 2018, winning the Tennessee Division II Class A championship

Dontay Hunter

  • Three-star defensive end by 247Sports
  • Three-star defensive end by Rivals
  • Three-star defensive end by ESPN
  • According to MaxPreps, finished his 2018 senior season with 113 total tackles, including 101 solo stops, with 12.0 sacks
  • Had an interception and forced a pair of fumbles in 2018
  • Team advanced to the 2018 Ohio state playoffs
  • Had 45 tackles with 6.0 sacks as a junior in 2017 according to MaxPreps

Kyle Jornigan

  • Three-star offensive lineman by 247Sports
  • Three-star offensive lineman by Rivals
  • Three-star offensive lineman by ESPN

George Karlaftis

  • Four-star defensive end by 247Sports
  • Four-star defensive end by Rivals
  • Four-star defensive end by ESPN
  • Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January
  • Team went 15-0 in 2018, winning the Indiana Class 3A state championship
  • 2018 Top 50 All-Indiana by the Indiana Football Coaches Association
  • Associated Press All-State Class 3A as a senior
  • 2018 IndyStar Mr. Football Defensive Lineman of the Year
  • According to MaxPreps, finished his senior season with 106 total tackles with 56 tackles for loss, including 17.5 sacks
  • Via MaxPreps, he finished his prep career with 332 total tackles, 84 tackles for loss and 41 sacks

Sulaiman Kpaka

  • Three-star defensive end by 247Sports
  • Three-star defensive end by Rivals
  • Three-star defensive end by ESPN
  • First-team all-district as a senior
  • Two-time team defensive MVP
  • As a junior in 2017, recorded 35 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery

Crishawn Long

  • Three-star linebacker by 247Sports
  • Three-star linebacker by ESPN
  • Two-star linebacker by Rivals
  • According to MaxPreps, finished his senior season with 59 total tackles, including 35 solo stops, with 2.0 tackles for loss
  • First-team Division III All-State selection by Cleveland.com as a senior
  • 2018 first-team All Northeast Lakes District
  • 2018 first-team North Coast League

Garrett Miller

  • Three-star tight end by 247Sports
  • Three-star tight end by Rivals
  • Three-star tight end by ESPN
  • According to MaxPreps, finished his senior season with 29 receptions for 584 yards and five touchdowns
  • Team went 7-5 in 2018, advancing to the second round of the 6A DI state playoffs
  • 2018 first-team All-District 13-6A

Dave Monnot III

  • Three-star offensive lineman by 247Sports
  • Two-star offensive lineman by Rivals
  • Team went 10-4 in 2018, winning the Illinois Class 5A state championship
  • Blocked for an offense that averaged 384 yards of total offense per game in 2018

Paul Piferi

  • Three-star quarterback by 247Sports
  • Three-star quarterback by Rivals
  • Three-star quarterback by ESPN
  • According to MaxPreps, completed 207 of 329 passing attempts for 2,924 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 2018
  • Was 116 of 196 passing for 1,798 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior in 2017
  • Team went 12-1 his senior season, advancing to the semifinals of the 2018 Division 4 CIF Southern Section Playoffs
  • Attends the same high school as current Purdue quarterback Nick Sipe

Mershawn Rice

  • Four-star athlete by Rivals
  • Three-star athlete by 247Sports
  • Three-star athlete by ESPN
  • Caught 22 passes for 462 yards as a senior
  • Also played defensive back in high school
  • Team went 10-2 in 2018, advancing to the second round of the Division I state playoffs

Khali Saunders

  • Three-star linebacker by 247Sports
  • Three-star linebacker by Rivals
  • Three-star linebacker by ESPN
  • According to MaxPreps, finished his 2018 senior season with 81 total tackles, 61 solo, with 3.0 tackles for loss
  • Had three interceptions and a fumble forced and recovered as a senior
  • Team went 14-0 as a senior, winning the 2018 Illinois Class 4A state championship
  • According to MaxPreps, he had 96 tackles, including 4.0 for loss, as a junior in 2017
  • Team went 14-1 as a junior, winning the 2017 Illinois Class 3A State Championship
  • IC Catholic Prep has won three consecutive Illinois state titles (2016-18)

TJ Sheffield

  • Four-star wide receiver by ESPN
  • Three-star wide receiver by 247Sports
  • Three-star wide receiver by Rivals
  • Finalist for the Tennessee Titans’ Mr. Football as a senior
  • According to MaxPreps, had 75 receptions 1,550 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior in 2018
  • Also had 26 carries for 130 yards and four touchdowns in 2018
  • Team advanced to the Division I 6A second record in the Tennessee state playoffs in 2018
  • Had 56 receptions for 840 yards and five touchdowns as a junior in 2017

Milton Wright

  • Four-star wide receiver by 247Sports
  • Four-star wide receiver by Rivals
  • Four-star wide receiver by ESPN
  • High school went 15-0 in 2018, winning the Kentucky Class 2A state championship
  • 2018 Kentucky Football Coaches Association’s Class 2A Player of the Year
  • Finished his senior season with 67 receptions for 1,010 yards and 12 touchdowns
  • Had 37 carries for 502 yards and nine rushing touchdowns as a senior
  • Was a candidate for the 2018 Kentucky Football Coaches Association Mr. Football Award

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