Linebacker latest commitment
Josh Ferguson, an outside linebacker / strong safety for 6A Lake Brantley HS in Altamonte Springs (FL) has committed to Purdue. He's 6'3 and 215 lbs, rated as the 4th best linebacker prospect in central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel who states "He can run and has a big upside."
Lake Brantley's (6-4) season came to an end on Friday with a loss to conference co-champ Lake Mary (9-1), 23-8. If Lake Brantley could have pulled off the upset, they would have been in good position to receive a wild-card berth in the playoffs.
Ohio State game visitors
Purdue is hoping to impress wayward Michigan State commit Garret Bushong this weekend, who is again taking visits after this week's firing of MSU head coach Bobby Williams. Bushong, a 6'5, 230-pound tight end, is rated by analyst Tom Lemming as the 13th-best tight end prospect in the nation. Bushong plans to consider Purdue and Illinois, but has stated in the past Purdue was his second choice behind Michigan State.
Purdue is also high on the list of Fort Wayne South Side safety Bernard Pollard, who is also scheduled to visit campus this weekend. Pollard had 103 tackles and five interceptions as a junior, and is considered the best defensive back in Indiana. Pollard is also on the track team, where he qualified for the state finals in 2000 in the 100 meters and the 4 x 100 relay. Michigan and Indiana have offered along with Purdue.
Additional visitors for the Ohio State matchup: Dorien Bryant, 4-star WR from NJ; Jamison Newby, 3-star DE from TX; and Bill Foran, 3-star ATH from TX among others.
Coaches on the road
Sources are saying Purdue visited Massillon Perry (OH) high school last week to check out offensive lineman Kirk Barton. At 6'6 and 265-pounds, Barton also boasts a sub-5.0 40-yard time.