February 2, 2011

Boilers add surprise LB

Purdue might have found a linebacker who had partially dropped off the radar after not playing a season ago.

In a surprise signing Wednesday, Kaulana Judd sent his letter-of-intent to Purdue, who won the linebacker's services over offers from Hawaii, his home state, and New Mexico State.

Judd, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, played in 2008 and 2009 at Fullerton College, where he recorded 33 tackles, an interception and a couple of pass breakups as a sophomore. But grades forced him to redshirt last season, rather than jump straight to Division I.

Had Judd not been forced to sit out, Fullerton defensive coordinator Brian Crooks says, he might have been choosing between more high-profile offers.

"Last year, he had a few Pac-10 and Big 12 schools who wanted him, but he couldn't go because of grades," Crooks said of Judd, who will have two years of eligibility at Purdue. "So he had to get them all in order.

"He had everyone after him them. … But they kind of forgot about him. It's a good thing for Purdue, because they're getting a good one because he's big, he's fast and he's strong. And he can hit people."

Crooks says Judd's physicality is his No. 1 asset.

"We had to settle him down (in practice) because he's just one of those kids that wants to hurt you," Crooks said.

"He's fast and aggressive, just an all-around good football player."

Judd officially visited Purdue Jan. 22, attending ESPN's "College GameDay" then the men's basketball victory over Michigan State. He was hosted by safety Max Charlot, a fellow Fullerton College alum. Dwight Mclean, a two-year starting safety at Purdue, also attended the school.

Judd is one of 12 new signees today in Purdue's 2011 class, joining three others who were mid-year enrollees.

"(He) can't wait to get there," Crooks said.

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