May 11, 2010

Purdue in picture for speed end

Since Danny Hope's taken over as head coach at Purdue, the Boilers have tended toward bigger defensive linemen.

Hamilton Southeastern defensive end Randy Gregory doesn't fit that mold exactly, but Hope and Co. are interested nonetheless, having extended an offer to the 6-foot-6, 210-pound speed rusher.

"They told me that they've been trying to get defensive ends to come end, but they really haven't recruited a speed-rush type defensive end," Gregory said. "But that's the type of player I am and they saw me, even though they've shied away from speed-rush type guys, they felt like they couldn't pass me up. They thought it'd be smart to offer me."

Purdue's is one of four offers as of now for Gregory, joining Indiana, Ball State and Toledo. But others might be close. Gregory says Illinois and Iowa have both expressed interested in soon offering, with the Hawkeyes indicating they'd do so after he visited for a summer camp.

Gregory says he's planning to camp there, but will go other places as well. His summer, though, is busy, with AAU basketball taking up a significant amount of time too.

"I plan on sitting down sometime soon and trying to figure out what camps I want to go to," he said. "I plan on going back to visit the instate schools again and other schools that I really like."

Gregory's always been to Purdue a couple times, having twice visited during spring practices to see the Boilermakers, their football facilities and some of the academic campus.

"I really like them," Gregory said of the Boilers. "I like what Coach Hope has to offer and where he's taking the program, especially with the success they've had at the defensive end position. They made a point to bring that up a lot in our conversations, and to me that's a big deal because they've had that much success there it just improves my chances of going farther in college or better.

"The program, as far as comparing IU and Purdue, they've had a lot more success than IU has the last couple years. And I think they'll have a lot more success next year, so that's a big plus too."

Gregory, who says he plans to make a decision before the start of his senior season, had 92 tackles, including 17 sacks, for Hamilton Southeastern last season.

"I might be a little underweight compared to some other guys they're recruiting," he said. "But my speed definitely is my best ability. I get most of my sacks by just lining up on the edge and going after the quarterback.

"But I like to think of myself as tough too, so I'm not afraid to go inside against a guard too."

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