Purdue football just had a very good day.
First, the Boilers got a commitment from one of the nation's top Class of 2015 quarterbacks when Kentucky's Elijah Sindelar picked the Boilers over such programs as Mississippi, Kentucky and Illinois.
Then, the NCAA granted defensive end Langston Newton, a midyear transfer from Kentucky, a legislative relief waiver, which makes him immediately eligible. He has three remaining years of eligibility.
Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service, ranks Sindelar No. 20 nationally among pro-style quarterbacks in the Class of 2015. Sindelar also plays basketball and baseball at Caldwell County High School. He's a strong pitching prospect with a 90-mph fastball who might get drafted after his senior season. Playing baseball for the Boilers is an option.
The 6-4, 200-pounder plans to major in engineering, and the Boilers' engineering program is one of the nation's best.
Sindelar had visited Purdue twice last fall for the Nebraska and Iowa games, then again last month. His commitment comes less than a week after the national signing day for the Class of 2014. It indicates coach Darrell Hazell and his staff have had time to make gains on future recruiting.
Last week Hazell said, “We're ahead right now on the next class (2015) than where we were for this class (2014). We've already watched quite a bit of 2015 film, and we were able to get some offers out early and I think that was important, especially in the state and in the state of Purdue.”
The “state of Purdue” is Hazell's term that basically means the six states closest to Purdue, which includes Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky.
As for Newton, he never played at Kentucky after an all-star high school career at Carmel. As a senior he helped the Greyhounds go 14-1 and win the Class 5A championship. He also was a state track champion in the shot put and discus. Among the reasons for his transfer was so that he could be closer to his ailing 87-year-old grandfather, who lives in Carmel.
Defensive line coach Rubin Carter praised Newton's ability to get into the backfield and pursue the ball.
“He's a great tackler. He can get skinny and get through the gaps and into the backfield.”