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Final Recruiting Weekend At Purdue

Purdue likely has just two spots remaining in its 2013 recruiting class with adding another running back being one of the positions of need.

Dalyn Dawkins played a key part of Louisville (Ky.) Trinity's last three state titles. Could he help Purdue compete for Big Ten championships?

Two potential backs will be on campus this weekend.

Dalyn Dawkins from national powerhouse Louisville (Ky.) Trinity will take his official visit to West Lafayette and arrives with a Boilermakers offer in hand. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Dawkins took previous officials to Colorado State and Western Kentucky. Dawkins had a very productive high school career, capped off by a senior season where he rushed for 1,479 yards and 18 touchdowns while adding another 367 yards receiving and five more scores. Cincinnati and Illinois have also extended scholarships.

Milford Academy running back Keith Byars II is scheduled for his official visit and could land an offer while on campus. Originally out of Boca Raton (Fla.) High, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Byars had several offers from the likes of Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers and Vanderbilt. Byars is the son of former NFL running back Keith Byars.

New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way Central defensive end Evan Panfil became the latest Purdue commit earlier this week, and the former Illini pledge will take his official visit this weekend.

News & Notes

***With 20 commits already in the fold, besides running back, Purdue would also like to add another cornerback, with Norcross (Ga.) High’ Shon Akins and Miami (Fla.) Central’s Da’Wan Hunte topping the list. Both took official visits last weekend where Akins named the Boilermakers his leader. He is scheduled to visit Middle Tennessee State this weekend and is a one-time Cal commit. Hunte is a one-time North Carolina State pledge that has the Boilermakers in his top two with Marshall.

***Purdue coach Darrell Hazell made the rounds in the Indianapolis area on Friday and stopped in at Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike, home of Top247 junior receiver Dominique Booth. Hazell dropped in on Indianapolis (Ind.) Heritage Christian, home of junior offensive tackle Ethan McKenzie. He also made it over to Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central, home of junior receiver Darius Lee, junior linebacker Max Hernandez, junior quarterback Jeff George and talented sophomore defensive back Mykelti Williams.

“You can tell he’s a real intelligent well thought out guy,” Warren Central coach Jayson West said. “He’s been around some great programs and he has a plan and I think he’s going to do just fine.”

***For a complete look at Purdue’s 2013 recruiting class, click here.

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