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Power Ranking the 2015 Big Ten football signing classes

14. Purdue Boilermakers

new-2013-blackout-purdue-football-helmet-675x380Class Total: 26

Breakdown:

5* players: 0
4* players: 0
3* players: 18 

This is Darrell Hazell’s second full class at the helm of the Boilermakers and it’s hardly a class that will instill confidence that this is a group on the rise. Sure, Purdue will never be a team that annually rakes in the 4 and 5-star recruits, but this is a class devoid of anyone that makes you stand up and take notice.

It’s not to say there aren’t some intriguing pieces, but you have to get in the weeds of the recruiting world to know most of the names on the Boilermakers 2015 class. The names that highlight this class include the No. 18-ranked pro-style quarterback Elijah Sindelar, 3-star JUCO wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou, 3-star inside linebacker Wyatt Cook and 3-star offensive tackle

The problem is, outside of Sindelar this is a group far down the individual position rankings. There was no home run, game-changing recruit to show that things are getting better on the recruiting trail. Hazell doesn’t have the full support and backing of the fanbase, and this recruiting class doesn’t exactly move the needle in his favor.

Last season’s class had an average rating of .8261, while this class slipped a bit to a .8155. That may not seem like a lot, but that’s over a whole percentage point different across the board — not exactly an upward trend.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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