Breaking Down The Buzz: Purdue

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Purdue fans are pleased with Darrell Hazell's first full recruiting class
Purdue fans are pleased with Darrell Hazell's first full recruiting class. (USATSI)

Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the Eye on College Football examines what current hot topic the fans of one BCS team are obsessing over -- rationally or not. Today's team: the Purdue Boilermakers

What they're talking about is ... the 2014 recruiting class. Which is natural considering we're only a few days away from national signing day. The problem is, at the moment, Purdue's 2014 class isn't exactly a headlining group. Darrell Hazell and his staff have put together a class of 20 players, and while there is certainly strength in numbers, the Boilermakers don't have any four-star commits in the group.

The class is currently good enough to rank only 13th in the Big Ten (when including Maryland and Rutgers) and 66th nationally according to 247Sports.

What they're saying is ... that they're generally content with this class. While you aren't going to find many fans praising this class from the mountaintop, there isn't a faction of people slamming it at every turn, either. It's a reaction that is somewhat unexpected considering Purdue is coming off a 1-11 season in which the team's only win was a narrow victory over an FCS school.

Also, while Purdue has landed offensive line help in recent days, the one player fans are holding out hope for as signing day approaches is four-star defensive tackle Poona Ford. Ford would serve as a very nice finishing touch to the class.

Below is a collection of things Purdue fans are saying about the 2014 class on the 247Sports boards and Purdue site Hammer and Rails.

  • "Really like the focus on O-line in this class. Just hope other positions of need (LB,CB,TE) can get filled with some good talent as well over the next few classes."
  • "Though last season was a disaster and almost everyone questioned this staff's decisions throughout the season, they have in all reality outdone themselves recruiting. Yes it's only good for the bottom third in the B1G and top 60 overall, but given our season last year it could have been much worse. They have gotten players for positions of need and they got guys that can contribute immediately. Now they have to keep getting better next season and the year after that and hopefully recruiting will follow suit."
  • "Poona would be a huge get for coach Hazel. I not only look at it from the perspective of if we get him we get an excellent player, but also the fact that coach Hazel would have beaten out the big boys of college football togt him. A very good SEC Missouri team and Texas and its iconic brand huge get if we get him. Boiler up and Hammer Down!!! Its time to put the finishing touches on the class in bold fashion!"
  • "I sure hope all this Poona love sways him to come our way! This kid would be an awesome get for our rebuilding program!"

What we're saying is ... Purdue fans are somewhat refreshing. This isn't exactly breaking news or anything, but college football fans can be an irrational bunch at times. Anything that goes wrong generally leads to fans screaming that somebody needs to be fired. So when you see Purdue fans, coming off that 1-11 season, and with a recruiting class that provides no quick fixes showing patience it's nice to see. They seem to have an understanding that the job Darrell Hazell and his staff are trying to do to build this program is going to take some time.

Purdue's 2014 class is one that will provide depth to the roster now, and could prove to be the core of a stronger program in two or three years.

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