Balluff visits the Boilermakers

Kaneland (Ill.) High School product Jesse Balluff visited Purdue for its annual spring scrimmage. Boiler Sports Report offers the details on the running back, plus what's next for his recruitment.

The Ross-Ade Stadium sidelines were packed with prospects for Purdue's Saturday spring game. At halftime, head coach Darrell Hazell attempted to meet and greet with the group—60 or so kids visiting the program—but ran out of time. Still, nothing was going to spoil Jesse Balluff's day in West Lafayette.

A standout running back at Kaneland (Ill.) High School, Balluff has caught the Boilermakers' attention, and made his first trip to Purdue for the annual scrimmage.

"I liked it a lot," Balluff said of the visit. "I thought the school had a really nice campus and the stadium looks great, too. It's a really nice place, that's what I got out of it."

The visit in West Lafayette included a tour of Purdue's campus, its football facilities, and a meeting with linebackers coach Marcus Freeman.

"He's really nice guy," said Balluff. "I'm not a linebacker, but he still wanted to talk with me."

When the Boilermakers took to the field, Balluff watched the action along the sidelines. The stadium was filled with a few thousand fans, but the feel of football was in the air.

"It's cool, I like bigger schools for sure," Balluff said. "I like the bigger stands. It's a little surreal, still being a junior in high school, but I appreciate it all."

Balluff has received interest from Purdue plus Notre Dame, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and others.

Before Balluff left Purdue, a coach encouraged him to return to campus this summer for one of the program's camps. Before that, he'll have months of hard work put in the gym, working on speed and agility. Balluff will be raring to go in his return trip.

"I'm definitely planning on going to the camp," he said. "I'm hoping to impress the coaches enough to get an offer."

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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