Notes: Hazell recaps first full Purdue class

Boiler Sports Report Publisher
Posted Feb 5, 2014


Purdue coach Darrell Hazell discusses his first full recruiting class.

-- Darrell Hazell hoped to add toughness with this recruiting class. “Anytime you’re trying to build a program, you’ve got to have guys that can fight through a little adversity, that are not only physically tough but mentally tough. … You’ve got to recruit toughness to your program.”

-- With Corey Clements, Bearooz Yacoobi and (maybe?) Miguel Machado, Purdue adds three potential starters to the offensive line. “There’s a definite deficiency at the offensive tackle position. It’ll be interesting this spring to see how we manipulate and manage it. But these guys will have the chance on day one to compete for a spot.”

-- Hazell made it clear that he really likes Purdue’s two linebackers, Gelen Robinson and JaWhaun Bentley. “You flip the film on for the fourth or fifth time and it keeps getting better and better and better.”

-- There’s a good chance that Austin McGehee isn’t just a punter at Purdue. “Bringing that guy in here is going to be a big asset for us. … He’s definitely working on all three phases.”

-- Hazell is very high on quarterback David Blough, who was in the back of the room for this press conference. “We have two good quarterbacks in house, but [Blough] is pretty special.”

-- Purdue found some players that can step on the field and create competition. “You want to get guys in here right away that can compete. … We’re going to have to make some decisions during camp next year to see who can win football games.”

-- Hazell continued on the competition: “We’ll have some competition throughout the fall. We’re going to struggle a bit during the spring time, but when the fall comes around, watch out.”

-- Purdue added plenty of size with this class, namely up front on the line. “That’s one of the emphases that we had, was to become Big Ten big.”

-- When asked about the challenges of recruiting, Hazell said the entire process is a burden. “Wherever you’re recruiting, it’s a lot of work. I’m not sure if people understand how much work it is. … If you want to build a team that’s really good, you’ve got to do your homework.”

-- Hazell was asked about players moving in and out of the classes. He doesn’t let decommitments get to him. “I don’t let it bother me, to be honest with you. There are reasons that it happens. I also think that what you.”

-- The guy who seems to be forgotten with this class is defensive end Langston Newton, the Kentucky transfer. Said Hazell: “He’s a great addition to this football team and I’m excited to have him.”

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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