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Late recruits improve Boilers’ offensive line

– Purdue got what it needed late in the recruiting process.

Miguel Machado, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman from Pasadena City (Calif.) Community College – and one-time Washington State recruit – committed to the Boilermakers on Thursday, and Corey Clements, a 6-8, 330-pound offensive lineman from Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, pledged to the program Saturday.

Machado and Clements joined Kirk Barron, a 6-2, 294-pounder from Mishawaka Marian; Martesse Patterson, a 6-3, 310-pounder from Marion Franklin in Columbus, Ohio; and Bearooz Yacoobi, a 6-5, 260-pounder from Dearborn (Mich.) High School as future Boilermakers linemen.

Players, who haven’t already enrolled as Barron has, can sign with Purdue on Wednesday.

“There was a huge need on the offensive line, going into this class,” Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports national recruiting writer, said before Clements’ commitment. “It looked like they were really going to miss, but the late commitment from former Washington State JUCO Miguel Machado was a big get for them. A guy that can come in early and ready to play.

“They flipped Bearooz Yacoobi from Northern Illinois. Martesse Patterson is a big, good looking player from Ohio. And Kirk Barron, the center, who is enrolled early. It ended up being a pretty solid offensive line class, and it was definitely a big need coming into it.”

Purdue’s signing class isn’t filled with highly rated prospects. 247Sports doesn’t have a player with a higher ranking than three stars for the Boilermakers, and Rivals.com has defensive end Gelen Robinson as the team’s only four-star recruit.

But Wiltfong said along with the incoming offensive linemen, he likes what Purdue is getting at quarterback in David Blough, who also enrolled early.

“I love the quarterback they are bringing in, David Blough,” Wiltfong said. “He will be competing with a guy that can be a four-year starter in Danny Etling, but they definitely added some quarterback depth and some really good competition for the position.

“(Blough is) accurate. He can make the throws. He is a consummate football player.”

Wiltfong said Robinson and linebacker Jawhaun Bentley could step in and help the defense right away, and he said defensive backs Juan Jenkins and LaDarius Wiley could also play as freshman.

“They’ve added some guys that can make some plays for them in the secondary,” Wiltfong said.

Purdue did take a hit three days before signing day when it lost athlete Simmie Cobbs to Indiana.

The 6-4, 207-pound Cobbs from Oak Park (Ill.) River Forest made the change Sunday.

He was being recruited as a defensive back by the Boilermakers, while the Hoosiers recruited the three-star prospect as a receiver.

tkrausz@jg.net

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