2017 PURDUE FOOTBALL

WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue picked up a pair of intriguing prospects Monday night that should help both sides of the ball.

Steven Faucheux, an Ohio defensive tackle and consensus four-star prospect, announced his decision first. Shortly after, wide receiver T.J. Sheffield from Independence High School in Tennessee made his commitment public.

In both instances, the Boilermakers edged out other major programs. Faucheux, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle, picked the Boilermakers ahead of offers from at least 17 other schools, including Alabama, Indiana, Florida, Louisville, Penn State and West Virginia, per 247 Sports.

Sheffied, meanwhile, fielded offers from Ohio State, Tennessee and Notre Dame. He originally committed to the Fighting Irish but re-opened his recruitment when the school chose not to honor his scholarship.

The Boilers now have four players rated as four-star prospects in the 247 composite – West Lafayette defensive end George Karlaftis, Detroit safety Marvin Grant, Faucheux and Sheffield. Rivals also ranks four players as four-star talent – adding athlete Mershawn Rice, but leaving out Sheffield.

Either way, both services believe three of Purdue's top four recruits are on defense. That's a testament to the job defensive coordinator Nick Holt did last season.

Brohm's offensive prowess is well-known. But recruits have obviously taken notice of the job Holt did to help the Boilers climb into the top 25 in scoring defense. 

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