Purdue Commit Visiting Hawkeyes

Randy Gregory committed to home state Purdue this summer with their history of success with defensive ends at the forefront of the decision. The Indiana native spoke with Hawkeye Insider regarding to the state of his commitment to the Boilermakers and where Iowa stands in his recruitment.

The same week Randy Gregory verbally committed to Purdue this summer he was scheduled to visit Iowa. He canceled that trip as his mind was made up.

A few weeks ago, the Hawkeyes came forward with a scholarship offer. They invited the Class of 2011 defensive end to this weekend's game against Penn State for an official visit.

"I went to the Purdue-Toledo game (last Saturday) and talked with Coach (Mark) Hagen about the trip," Gregory said. "He wasn't very happy about it. I told him I wasn't going to go then."

On the way home from West Lafayette, Gregory and his father talked about it some more and decided to explain to Hagen why they were making the trip. The elder Gregory made a call to the Purdue coach and everyone agreed the trip was OK.

"I'm still committed to Purdue," Gregory said. "I'm a pretty loyal guy. I told Purdue when I committed that I had no plans on de-committing. I already feel like I'm a part of their team.

"I'm not going to say Iowa has no chance, but I'd say I'm probably 99.9 percent sure I'll be at Purdue next year. I told the Iowa coaches I'd visit to get a look at things. I've wanted to do that since I committed. And it will be good to get a feel for Iowa in case something happens that keeps me from going to Purdue."

Gregory said he's excited to see a Kinnick Stadium for a night game against Penn State.

"My dad and I really are looking forward to it," Gregory said. "I've heard great things about that environment."

Gregory (6-foot-5, 210 pounds/Fishers,IN ) said Hawkeye assistant Eric Johnson contacted him after seeing video of his 19-tackle performance in his season opener.

"After I committed to Purdue, the letters from Iowa slowed down and I really didn't talk to them," he said. "Then Coach Johnson called and asked if I would visit if they offered. I said that I would."

Before committing to Purdue, Gregory was considering Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota. All had offered scholarships.

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