Purdue coach Danny Hope announced a 24-member signing class Wednesday.
The class includes five defensive backs, five defensive linemen, three linebackers, three tight ends, three wide receivers, two specialists, one quarterback, one offensive lineman and one running back.
For more on the DBs, a huge position of need after all four starters are gone, check out Thursday's paper.
Here are some of Hope's thoughts from signing day:
- On quarterback Sean Robinson (Springfield, Ill.): "I like everything about Sean. ... Sean Robinson was our No. 1 quarterback on the board. He's a great dual threat quarterback. He has excellent passing potential. You can put him in the shotgun and throw the ball with him every snap and have a chance to win or you could use him as a runner every snap and have a chance to win. A lot of people liken him to a Tim Tebow type, what he does from a physical standpoint and the intangibles he brings to the field. ... He's a great get, star potential for us at Purdue."
- On 6-foot-3, 310-pounder Bruce Gaston, ranked as the No. 9 defensive tackle in the nation by maxpreps.com: "He's one of the most dominant defensive tackles I've been around in many, many years. He'll be one of the great defensive linemen to play at Purdue. ... It opens up a lot of eyes in the Chicagoland. It gives you more credibility in the recruiting process when you go back there next year, you've got one of the top two, three players in the state of Illinois and that gives you more credibility with the younger recruits who know all about him. He was their hero growing up."
- On landing three recruits (LB Joe Gilliam, DL Ryan Isaac, WR Charles Torwudzo) from Indiana after none last year: "We worked Indiana hard last year. There were better numbers in the state this year. There were more top players. There were probably 10 players in the state of Indiana this year that we'd like to have at Purdue."
- On whether he thinks the program is "caught up" in terms of having depth: "We're catching up numbers-wise. It's not that the cupboard was bare. There were just some gaps behind what was on the front of the shelves, if you will. We had four really good players in the secondary last year and not many players behind those guys. We've had to load up the last two years, same thing with our receivers. ... I think we're catching up some numbers-wise, but there's still a few holes that we have to fill."