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Purdue University


Boilermakers, Irish, Hoosiers add recruits

Purdue, Indiana and Notre Dame all picked up oral commitments for the programs’ 2014 football recruiting classes on Friday.

Purdue added to its offensive line; IU picked up recruits for its offensive and defensive lines; and Notre Dame brought a specialist into the fold.

Offensive tackle Denzel Ward is the Boilermakers’ biggest commit – in size and significance.

The 6-foot-8, 307-pound lineman out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., chose Purdue over Florida, Ohio State and Oklahoma. He is a former Michigan commit but reopened his recruitment in late January.

Ward is the fifth Boilermakers commitment of the 2014 class and the biggest coup of the group thus far.

He is a consensus top-50 player at his position and also one of the best overall players in Florida.

Indiana also stole a recruit from the Gators.

The Hoosiers notched a commitment from Ocala (Fla.) West Port offensive lineman Delroy Baker. He had IU and Florida as his finalists and announced his decision on Twitter.

Baker also had offers from Miami, Florida State and other, more established in-state programs before whittling down to the Hoosiers and Florida.

Another, lesser-known commitment gave his pledge to IU on Wednesday. Willie Yarbary, a 6-2 defensive end out of Academy of Richmond (Ga.) County, picked the Hoosiers earlier in the week but news of it did not surface until Friday.

The two latest commitments bring IU’s class to six.

Tyler Newsome, a punter and kicker from Carrollton (Ga.) High School, announced on his Twitter account that he orally committed to the Irish.

The 6-3, 190-pounder is the 12th member of Notre Dame’s 2014 recruiting class.

He is the first specialist to receive a scholarship since Notre Dame signed long snapper Scott Daly in 2012. Kyle Brindza, a kicker and punter, accepted a scholarship in 2011.

Note: Purdue announced its season opener at Cincinnati on Aug. 31 will kick off at noon and air on ESPNU.