Purdue's Parker visits Middleton

Purdue assistant coach Gerad Parker was one of many Boilermaker coaches out on the recruiting trails Monday; he visited South Warren (Ky.) High School and watched lineman Adrian Middleton in a workout. Boiler Sports Report offers the details.

With Purdue assistant coach Gerad Parker taking in workouts at South Warren (Ky.) High School, Adrian Middleton made it a goal to impress. The immediate feedback from Parker suggests he did just that.

"He said that I'm a Big Ten lineman," said Middleton, when asked about Parker's response.

The Purdue coaching staff is out in full force along the recruiting trails, visiting with some of the program's top prospects. Parker visited South Warren to see Middleton and teammate Joel Iyiegbuniwe in live workouts.

Middleton, a standout two-way lineman, put together a strong workout in front of the Purdue coach. The lineman's speed and agility looked like a major strength.

"We were doing a few agility drills, and I showed off some moves," said Middleton of the workout.

After the workout was over, Parker offered simple instructions: "He just said to keep working hard," Middleton said.

This isn't the first time that Middleton has spoken with Parker. The two are in constant communication, talking by phone once a week. Parker, now Purdue's tight ends coach, played football at University of Kentucky and recruits in the Bluegrass State.

Middleton reports three in-state offers—Louisville, Kentucky and Western Kentucky—plus one from Middle Tennessee State. The interest from Purdue could turn into an offer if he's able to impress at a summer camp.

Parker is urging Middleton to come visit West Lafayette in the summer and earn an offer there. Middleton is holding out hopes that an offer could come.

If an offer from the Boilermakers were put on the table, Middle said: "I would consider them more."

Boiler Sports Report will continue with updates on Adrian Middleton's recruitment to Purdue.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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