OT Jaelin Alstott-VanDeVanter

High School/Hometown: Mooresville (Mooresville, Ind.)

Height/Weight: 6-7/260

Ranking: 3 stars; No. 937 in nation, No. 17 in state, No. 83 at position.

Note: Alstott-VanDeVanter didn’t play competitive football until his freshman year but leaves Mooresville as an IndyStar Super Team high honorable mention selection. “Jaelin was more of a late bloomer,” said Mooresville coach Mike Gillin. “But once he got in here and we saw the height he’s got and the wingspan he’s got, it would make any NFL coach drool with his potential.” He is a second cousin of former Purdue star running back and NFL All-Pro Mike Alstott, “I want to go to engineering school,” Alstott-VanDeVanter said, “so it was the perfect school for me.” He had offers from Cincinnati, Indiana and Purdue before picking the Boilermakers “He is a very tall offensive lineman, but has great power,” teammate and fellow Boilermakers commit Zach Richards said of Alstott-VanDeVanter. “That’s a great mix.

WR/TE Drew Biber

\High School/Hometown: Cedarburg (Cedarburg, Wisc.)

Height/Weight: 6-5/215

Ranking: 3 stars; N/A in nation, No. 10 in state, No. 196 at position.

Note: A two-time all-state pick, Biber earned first-team AP all-state honors this season. A former Northern Illinois commit, Biber chose the Boilermakers as much for the university as the football program. “I love engineering. My dad is an engineer at Harley Davidson,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Civil engineering is something I’m definitely going to do at Purdue. … They also have landscape architecture, which is something I’m going to dip my toes in as well.” Through his first seasons, he has amassed 151 career receptions for 2,198 yards and 20 touchdowns. A receiver at the high school level, Biber will play tight end in college. “They want to use me more as a pass-catching (tight end) than blocking for sure,” Biber said. “In high school I’m more of a receiver, but I’m a big receiver, so they’re going to use me as a T tight end, which is basically an athletic tight end.” He’s also an all-state basketball player and received a Division I offer to play hoops at IUPUI.

WR Deion Burks

High School/Hometown: Belleville (Belleville, Mich.)

Height/Weight: 5-11/175

Ranking: 3 stars; No. 875 in nation, No. 22 in state, No. 128 at position.

Note: Burks picked Purdue over Kentucky, Iowa State, Indiana, Boston College and Cincinnati. As a junior, he caught 35 passes for 871 yards and 12 touchdowns, while scoring an additional touchdown on a kickoff return, earning him Michigan Division 1-2 all-state honors. “Deion took a major jump in terms of his maturity and leadership on and off the field,” Belleville coach Jermain Crowell told the Detroit News, pointing out Burks was a track star as well. “He embraced the physicality of football, is a playmaker… Purdue is a good fit for him. I tell the kid to go to the school that loves you and they seem to really prioritize Deion, so I think they will make use of his talents. They’re doing a good job of recruiting around here.”

CB Brandon Calloway

High School/Hometown: Griffin (Griffin, Ga.)

Height/Weight: 6-2/175

Ranking: 3 stars; N/A in nation, No. 148 in state, No. 144 at position.

Note: Moved over from wide receiver to defensive back, Calloway has found a home in the secondary. “He’s a really good physical corner with the length that everybody is looking for,” Griffin coach Kareem Reid said. “He’s so physical he’ll stick his face in the run game and he’s still athletic enough to cover guys one-on-one and get into his drops from that position. I think he can grow into a nickel type box safety because of his physicality. He could outgrow his corner position but who knows.” Since Calloway moved positions and last year was his first season playing on the varsity, there wasn’t a lot of film on him playing defensive back. Reid said Purdue studied his film and showed interest early in the recruiting process.“Purdue got in the game early and that’s why they got a commitment,” Reid said. “They thought he was an early offer kid for them. They were the first ones and then Illinois got involved. His stock shot through the roof.”

ILB Tristan Cox

High School/Hometown: Pulaski County (Somerset, Ky.)

Height/Weight: 6-3/235

Ranking: 3 stars; N/A in nation, No. 11 in state, No. 62 at position

Note: Cox brings a physical presence and strength, but he’s also athletic enough to make plays from several positions. He played linebacker, edge rusher running back, tight end, H-back and quarterback for Pulaski Count.y Among Cox’s scholarship offers were West Virginia, Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati. Purdue was in early on Cox and the presence of coach Jeff Brohm and his staff paid off with a commitment. “They recruited him really hard early on,” said Pulaski County coach Johnny Hines. “Almost their entire staff, at one point or another, has been down here to see him and watch him work out, watch him in practice. They were serious about getting him.” While his strength is on the defensive side, Cox produces solid numbers on offense. As a junior, he rushed for over 500 yards, had 15 total touchdowns and was named first-team All-State. “I’m thrilled to see him go to Purdue,” Hines said. “Everybody down here is a UK fan and I think a lot of folks were trying to push him toward Kentucky. For him to choose Purdue tells me he’s really thought about it and picked the place right for him.”

S Jah’von Grigsby

High School/Hometown: Scotlandville Magnet (Baton Rouge, La.)

Height/Weight: 5-10/185

Ranking: 3 stars; No. 710 in nation, No. 20 in state, No. 54 at position.

Note: Grigsby committed to Michigan State in September, but decommitted in November before picking Purdue. In 2019, he finished with 66 tackles, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, and one pick-six. “He’s a type of kid is one day is going to go work for a fortune 500 organization, make, you know, three, four or five times the money I’m making right now being a high school football coach,” Scotlandville coach Lester Ricard told WBRZ-2.

OT Marcus Mbow

High School/Hometown: Wauwatosa East (Milwaukee, Wisc.)

Height/Weight: 6-6/305

Ranking: 3 stars; No. 827 in nation, No. 7 in state, No. 75 at position.

Note: Once an Arizona State commit, the Sun Devils later told him they didn’t have room for him in their class. Mbow wasn’t always sold on football initially. “After about a week of summer practice, it was very obvious to me that God had given him a gift,” said Wauwatosa East coach Dave Pfeiffer told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I sat him down and had a talk and I just told him, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to play college football at a very, very high level.’ “This is the one thing I’ve told a lot of people, including almost every coach that came by: He’s a piece of coal that, under the right pressure, will turn into a wonderful diamond,” Pfeiffer said. 

OT Mahamane Moussa

High School/Hometown: Pike (Indianapolis)

Height/Weight: 6-4/275

Ranking: 3 stars; N/A in nation, No. 20 in state, No. 108 at position.

Note: Selected to the IFCA Top-50 all-state team and a member of IndyStar’s Super Team, Moussa picked Purdue over offers from Louisville, Memphis and San Diego State, but knew where he wanted to go when offered by the Boilermakers. “It has been a dream school of mine actually. I’ve wanted to do mechanical engineering and they are the top engineering school in the country. It fits perfect… (Coach Jeff Brohm) said they see me as a versatile guy who can play tackle or guard, really.” Moussa, also a track standout in the shot put and discus, helped a much-improved Pike team to a 3-7 record as a senior. The Red Devils lost two games in overtime and another by two points. “In January I was talking to (Pike coach Pat Echeverria) about where he thought I could play. I was getting interest from MAC schools and FCS schools. I was asking coach Ech if he thought I could play in the Big Ten. He said if I worked hard enough it would come.”

OG Zach Richards

High School/Hometown: Mooresville (Mooresville, Ind.)

Height/Weight: 6-3/296

Ranking: 3 stars; N/A in nation, No. 19 in state, No, 54 at position.

Note: Selected to the IFCA Top-50 all-state team and an IndyStar Super Team selection, Richards was a big part of Mooresville’s turnaround from a 3-9 season his freshman season to a 33-7 record over the past three seasons, including three sectional titles and a Class 4A regional crown as a senior. Richards also had 30 tackles as a senior. He picked Purdue over offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and Louisville, among others. “It’s not just about size. It’s more about athletic ability and the measurements that go with a big kid,” said Mooresville coach Mike Gillin. “Zach Richards is a big kid. He could have started as a freshman and played a lot as a freshman. He’s been a mainstay of our offense for four years.”

OLB Rickey Smith

High School/Hometown: Jones (Orlando, Fla.)

Height/Weight: 6-1/195

Ranking: 3 stars; N/A in nation, No. 200 in state, No. 102 at position.

Note: Smith will likely play safety in college but offers plenty of versatility. He missed most of his junior season with a rotator cuff injury and picked Purdue over offers from Miami, Ole Miss, Missouri, West Virginia and others. “I chose Purdue because it felt like home,” Smith told the Orlando Sentinel. “The coaches there, I have a good relationship with them and they showed a lot of interest and the school, just looking at it academic-wise and athletic-wise, and how Purdue gets you to the next level,” Smith said. “They send players to the NFL, that’s why I chose Purdue.”

E Khordae Sydnor

High School/Hometown: Iona Prepatory (New Rochelle, N.Y.)

Height/Weight: 6-4/230

Ranking: 3 stars; N/A in nation, No. 5 in state, No. 87 at position.

Note: Sydnor picked IU over offers from Boston College, Arizona State, Army, Rice and others. “I feel like I’m making a great path and I think I picked the right school to get me there,” Sydnor said. “Purdue breeds DE’s. I’m going to keep working hard and be a sponge when I get there and soak up all the information I can get to be a better player.” Iona coach Joe Spagnolo describes Sydnor as extremely long, athletic with an 80-inch wingspan. He’s 6-foot-5, 250 pounds “before the quarantine,” Spagnolo joked about New York’s stay-at-home order. “Great young man, great story,” Spagnolo said. “I think they’re getting a good one.” Ivy League schools offered but the pull of engineering helped push Sydnor to Purdue. “Purdue was with him before he blew up,” Spagnolo said. “He’s interested in engineering. Iona is a student-athlete factory but we’re an academic first institution and he takes a lot of pride in that and thinks Purdue matches similar to what he’s had at Iona. He’s an extremely focused young man. Being a kid that’s played a lot of football and played a lot of positions has helped his overall outlook on the game.”

WR Preston Terrell

High School/Hometown: Brownsburg (Brownsburg, Ind.)

Height/Weight: 6-3/180

Ranking: 3 stars; No. 814 in nation, No. 14 in state, No. 117 at position.

Note: The first member of Purdue’s 2021 class, Terrell committed back in Sept. 2019. “When you want to go somewhere and you know where you want to go, that light bulb pops open in your head and that’s what I was feeling at that moment.” A member of IndyStar’s Super Team, Terrell caught 54 passes for 834 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior, helping Brownsburg to an 8-2 season. His biggest game was an 11-reception, 203-yard, five-touchdown performance in a win over Zionsville. Terrell caught 52 passes for 814 yards and 10 TDs as a junior. “Purdue’s been a great place,” he said. “Me and (receivers) coach (JaMarcus) Shephard and all the coaches have had a great relationship. The players, the fans, the way they’ve come up to me and my family and treated us with respect has made us feel at home.” Terrell believes making plays down the field is one of his strengths and is confident he can deliver once he joins the program. “Any deep ball, I can go up and grab it,” he said. “Ten out of ten times I’m going to go get that ball and nothing is going to stop me. I think being a big receiver, I have great footwork, too and great route running as well. I can do a little bit of both playing in the slot or playing on the outside in running those quick slants or deep posts and fades.”