The National Signing Day in college football is a big deal every year, as programs look to sign players that can make an immediate impact on their team and help them in future seasons.
This leads to teams looking to build strong recruiting classes leading up to National Signing Day. While Purdue ended up signing most of its commitments during the early signing period in December, there are still a few players that have not committed or signed to a program that the Boilermakers have a chance to nab.
In all, though, most Purdue’s recruiting class of 2018 is signed.
To see where Purdue’s 2018 recruiting class ranks nationally, in the Big Ten and historically, see below.
Where Purdue’s 2018 recruiting class ranks nationally
Going into National Signing Day, Purdue’s recruiting class of 2018 was ranked No. 44 in the nation, according to 247Sports. In February, Purdue has 22 players that signed letters of intent during the early signing period, and 2 players that were committed to the program but had not yet signed.
All 22 of the athletes Purdue has signed are 3-star players, according to 247Sports. Purdue’s 2 commits are wide receiver Rondale Moore and defensive tackle Willie Lane, who are 4-star and 3-star prospects, respectively.
While the Boilermakers do not have any 5-star prospects and Moore is their only 4-star prospect, the program has 23 3-star prospects, which is more than some programs have recruits total. Because of this, Purdue has an overall score of 186.48, which is better than programs like Syracuse, Iowa State, Rutgers and Georgia Tech, among others.
Where Purdue’s 2018 recruiting class ranks in the Big Ten
In the Big Ten, Purdue had the No. 11 ranked class going into National Signing Day.
The only Big Ten teams ranked below the Boilermakers in recruiting were Rutgers, Illinois and Northwestern. As usual, Ohio State led the way in the Big Ten, and nationally, with Penn State and Michigan coming in at second and third in the Big Ten, respectively.
Here’s the full list of Big Ten rankings:
- No. 1 Ohio State — 311.17 points
- No. 2 Penn State — 280.44 points
- No. 3 Michigan — 241.91 points
- No. 4 Nebraska — 215.73 points
- No. 5 Maryland — 213.86 points
- No. 6 Michigan State — 209.30 points
- No. 7 Minnesota — 206.95 points
- No. 8 Iowa — 197.76 points
- No. 9 Wisconsin — 193.27 points
- No. 10 Indiana — 187.28 points
- No. 11 Purdue — 186.48 points
- No. 12 Rutgers — 181.23 points
- No. 13 Illinois — 178.92 points
- No. 14 Northwestern — 174.19 points
Where Purdue’s 2018 recruiting class ranks historically
While Purdue’s 2018 recruiting class may rank towards the bottom in the Big Ten, it’s a vast improvement from last year.
According to 247Sports, Purdue’s 2017 recruiting class ranked No. 72 in the nation and last among Big Ten teams. Last season’s class only has 23 recruits — all of whom were 3-star prospects — and only totaled 158.89 points.
In fact, the Boilermakers’ 2018 class is not only above average, but it is one of the program’s best in the last decade.
It’s No. 44 ranking in the country is Purdue’s highest ranked class nationally in the last 10 seasons, with its previous high in that span coming in 2012 when it was ranked No. 48. In addition, Purdue’s No. 11 ranking in the Big Ten is the program’s highest conference ranking since 2012 (No. 9). Lastly, Purdue’s 186.48 points is the second highest point total in the last decade for the program. In 2012, Purdue’s recruiting class had 188.27 points.
Here’s how Purdue’s last 10 recruiting classes have ranked, according to 247Sports:
- 2017: Ranked No. 72 nationally, No. 14 in the Big Ten and had 158.89 points.
- 2016: Ranked No. 80 nationally, No. 14 in the Big Ten and had 145.09 points.
- 2015: Ranked No. 67 nationally, No. 14 in the Big Ten and had 162.85 points.
- 2014: Ranked No. 70 nationally, No. 13 in the Big Ten and had 156.02 points.
- 2013: Ranked No. 61 nationally, No. 13 in the Big Ten and had 162.05 points.
- 2012: Ranked No. 49 nationally, No. 9 in the Big Ten and had 188.27 points.
- 2011: Ranked No. 75 nationally, No. 14 in the Big Ten and had 129.88 points.
- 2010: Ranked No. 53 nationally, No. 10 in the Big Ten and had 186.34 points.
- 2009: Ranked No. 71 nationally, No. 14 in the Big Ten and had 160.65 points.
- 2008: Ranked No. 48 nationally, No. 11 in the Big Ten and had 171.26 points.