National Signing Day 2012: Purdue Looks at Its Best Class Under Danny Hope

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2012

Danny Hope is coming off a win at the Little Caesars Bowl, but he is looking to do more and move on to bigger and better bowls over the years—that is why he has worked hard recruiting this offseason. 

According to Rivals, Purdue has the fourth-ranked class in the Big Ten as of right now and has a recruiting average of three for this class. Highlighting the class are two 4-star recruits who are going to need to come in right away to fill gaps and play.

Ryan Watson, a defensive end out of Maryland, is expected to do great things. He is the 16th-ranked defensive end on Rivals and looks to be the next big defensive end to come out of Purdue following a cradle of sorts in Shaun Phillips, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Ninkovich, Anthony Spencer and more.

Another 4-star will be joining Watson in this class: Carlow Carvajal.

Carvajal is a freak of nature and is just a great athlete in general, but he will likely be playing tight end for Hope. At 6'7", Carvajal could develop into one of Rob Henry's—or whoever is playing QB's—favorite target.

So far, this class has four players from Indiana, which is an improvement from a season ago. 

These local players will be highlighted by Danny Anthrop, a wide receiver out of Lafayette Central Catholic, who has been on three state championship squads for the Knights. Anthrop will be an addition to the Boilermakers' return game; even though it's already great, Anthrop can only improve it.