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Posted on Mon. Jun. 16, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Purdue's Darrell Hazell a coach on the go

Boiler football commitments on the rise

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Purdue coach Darrell Hazell is a busy man these days.

There are football camps to run, recruits to pursue, returning players to develop and fan interest to inspire.

When you're coming off a 1-11 debut season, as Hazell is, plenty of inspiration is needed. Hazell is set to detail that during Tuesday's Purdue coaches caravan at the Fort Wayne Country Club.

Among the returning Boilermakers are three from the Fort Wayne area -- defensive backs Landon and Evan Feichter (both from Bishop Dwenger) and Leo wide receiver Kyle Marzec.

Hazell is coming off a successful Purdue Elite Camp that drew several hundred prospects and helped boost the number of commitments for the Class of 2015 to five, four in the last six days.

One of those attending the camp was quarterback Elijah Sindelar, a Kentucky quarterback who is the highest-rated future Boiler at No. 20 nationally according to, a national Internet recruiting service. He had committed in February. He's also rated as Kentucky's No. 4 overall prospect. He also plays baseball and basketball for Caldwell County High School.

Sindelar has thrived in a spread attack, throwing for almost 3,400 yards, 44 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season. He also ran for seven TDs. As a sophomore he threw for nearly 3,000 yards.

The other commitments are Indianapolis Bishop Chatard offensive lineman Matt McCann, New Jersey athlete Robert Ennis, Penn long snapper Ben Makowski and Texas safety Andy Chelf.

Ennis has played running back, safety and cornerback in high school, totaling more than 3,000 yards in his first three seasons. He also had offers from Rutgers, Old Dominion and Buffalo. He committed last Thursday after taking an unofficial visit.

The 6-6, 305-pound McCann picked the Boilers over Indiana, his other finalist. Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky and Syracuse also had offered him. He's a three-star prospect out of five by

Basketball coach Matt Painter is also set to be in Fort Wayne. He's bringing in a highly regarded freshman class that includes ex-Indianapolis Brebeuf point guard P.J. Thompson, who is on campus after participating in the Indiana All-Stars two-game sweep of Kentucky.

Thompson had eight points (on 3-for-5 shooting) in six minutes during Friday's win in Kentucky, and no points and one assist in 11 minutes during Saturday's victory at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Meanwhile, athletic director Morgan Burke, who also will at Tuesday's coaches caravan, has ambitious plans for the south end zone of Ross-Ade Stadium. According to GoldandBlack,com, those could include a multi-sport recruiting room, academic center, athletic food court, parking garage. A design competition among as many as six architecture firms will come up with a permanent plan. Suggestions will come from Purdue officials, the firms and even an online survey of fans.

For now the bleachers are being torn down and a temporary food-and-drink court (which would sell alcohol) will be set up that will include music and televisions.

Burke is also looking at adding a new video board, an improved sound system and permanent stadium lights because of the Big Ten's push for more night games to accommodate the expansion to 14 teams. There's also a chance Ross-Ade Stadium's grass could be replaced by artificial turf.

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