Sherfield earns offer at Purdue camp

Trent Sherfield accepted the Boilermakers' challenge to attend a one-day camp and earn an offer, and he leaves West Lafayette with a new option. Sherfield earned an offer from Purdue as he impressed the coaching staff. He details the offer and his recruitment in this Boiler Sports Report feature.

John Shoop has been at Purdue for just a few months, but cornerback Trent Sherfield feels like the offensive coordinator has been recruiting him forever.

Several weeks ago, Shoop visited with the Danville, Illinois product and encouraged him to come fight for an offer in West Lafayette. Sherfield showed up on Wednesday and impressed the coaching staff. Purdue lived up to its promise and extended a scholarship offer.

"It feels really good," Sherfield said. I really just came out here to compete."

The chance to earn an offer was on Sherfield's mind when he competed on the blistering hot turf at Purdue. He worked with defensive backs coach Jon Heacock and made quite the impression. As the day progressed, Sherfield received some individual attention from Heacock, Shoop, then later, head coach Darrell Hazell.

"He's really nice and really down to earth," said Sherfield of Hazell, who made the offer official during the afternoon.

This was Sherfield's second time at Purdue, but the offer bumped the Boilermakers to the top of his list. Several things stood out about his time on campus.

"The people, they're so friendly," he said. "I like how the facilities are set up, but mostly the most important thing was how [the coaches] treat everybody."

Thus far, the senior safety holds offers from Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana and Northern Illinois. Now, he adds Purdue to that list.

Shefield will camp at Vanderbilt next week and Cincinnati one week later. The rest of his Wednesday includes a pleasant drive home with the reward of that scholarship offer.

"It all feels good," he said. "Coming out here and competing with the best of the best, then going home knowing that you did well and taking that offer back with you."

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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