Purdue adds Paxson to recruiting haul

Originally Published: December 20, 2004
By Tom Lemming | Special to ESPN Insider
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in West Lafayette. Purdue recently beat Tennessee to snag a commitment from J.B. Paxson, the top prospect in Indiana. The pledge from the 6-3, 264-pounder from Greenwood Center Grove continues the Boilermakers on a path toward their best recruiting class in 20 years.

Paxson, who accounted for close to 50 quarterback sacks in just two years, will have plenty of talented company. The Boilermakers have dominated in-state rivals Notre Dame and Indiana by landing the state's five top prospects. In addition to Paxson, Purdue has pledges from WR Selwyn Lymon, DE Mike Neal, QB Joey Elliott and DB Jason Werner.

J.B. Paxson
Defensive end J.B. Paxson is headed to Purdue.
Quarterback Josh Portis, who decommitted from Utah after Urban Meyer took the Florida job, will be joining Meyer in Gainesville. The 6-4, 190-pounder from Woodland Hills Taft (Calif.) selected Florida over a host of interested schools, including Washington, Oregon and LSU. Portis, No. 10 on my QB list, is a nice catch for the Gators.