LC’s David Yancey among 4 RBs in Darrell Hazell’s first Purdue class
from staff and wire reports February 6, 2013 8:16PM
Updated: March 8, 2013 7:50AM
New Purdue coach Darrell Hazell’s first recruiting class includes 23 players, the school announced on Wednesday, the first day of the national signing period.
“It’s a great day for the Boilermakers,” Hazell said. “It’s a hybrid class with a lot of guys who can play different positions.”
The class features three early enrollees in Lake Central running back David Yancey; quarterback Danny Etling, likely the Boilermakers’ most highly regarded prospect; and defensive end John Strauser.
Running backs coach Jafar Williams sung Yancey’s praises, noting his speed, physicality, smarts and knowledge of the game.
“The thing that stands out is he has so many positive qualities,” Williams said. “I was taken aback by how intelligent he comes across.”
Etling, from Terre Haute South, was rated as a four-star prospect by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com.
“‘I’m sure he’ll work tirelessly (to live up to the Cradle of Quarterbacks moniker),” Hazell said.
“He’s a facilitator,” offensive coordinator John Shoop said. “He’s accurate and intelligent, two things you can’t compromise at quarterback, and we’re going to surround him with great players.”
The Boilermakers’ class includes four running backs. Two, Louisville’s Dalyn Dawkins (Scout.com) and Georgia’s Keyante Green (ESPN.com), were rated as four-star recruits. Miami cornerback Leroy Clark (ESPN.com) also was given four stars.
“You have to be able to run the ball in this conference,” Hazell said. “You can’t have enough good running backs.”
The group includes players with name recognition.
Running back Keith Byars II, the son of the former Ohio State star who played 13 seasons in the NFL, signed with the Boilermakers. Defensive end Jake Replogle bucked the family trend after watching three older brothers play at rival Indiana. Linebacker Garrett Hudson, the son of new Purdue defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, is expected to play for the Boilermakers but was not included on the official list of signees.
Hazell inherited about half of the class from fired coach Danny Hope’s commitments, and worked feverishly since his hiring in December to double it.
In all, Purdue’s class includes players from seven states, with five each from Georgia, Florida and Ohio; three each from Illinois and Indiana; and one each from Kentucky and Texas.
“We have to do a great job at Purdue cultivating this state,” Hazell said.