It was the Super Bowl-winning quarterback who brought the news that Blough would be invited to the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp. On Thursday, another exciting phone call came in.
Blough, a three-star quarterback from Carrollton (TX) High School, had Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop—his lead recruiter—on the other line. Shoop quickly passed along the phone to the Boilermakers new head coach, Darrell Hazell. Blough had his first scholarship offer.
"It's incredible," said Blough about the scholarship offer. "That feeling when someone takes a chance on you, it shows they have faith in you. Purdue has definitely left their mark. I'm going to remember this whenever decision time comes around. I'm just very thankful and blessed for the opportunity."
Whether it's a twist of fate or just a crazy coincidence, Blough's first offer came from the school which Brees made his name. He sees similarities in their stories.
"It means so much," said Blough. "He's from Austin and all these Texas schools kind of passed on him. They saw the 6-foot kid in him. These Texas schools passed on him, but Purdue showed faith in him. Drew Brees is the best at his craft and that's somebody I definitely look up to."
With great emotion and excitement running through Blough as he spoke with the Purdue coaches on Thursday, he considered giving a verbal commitment on the spot. Instead, his plan is to visit campus before making a decision; that will likely happen in the coming weeks.
"I just want to enjoy [the recruiting process] a little bit," said Blough. "The coaches from Purdue and all those around me have encouraged me—everyone wants the best. The key is to be comfortable. Purdue is a prestigious academic school; it's second to none in the Big Ten."
Throughout his young recruitment, Blough has built a strong relationship with Shoop, who recently visited Carrollton.
"We connect and talk for a couple nights per week, and we felt a strong connection," Blough said of Shoop. "He's been great to talk football with."
Blough has plenty to celebrate after an exciting week. He hopes the best has yet to come.
"All the hard work, the hours in the gym, the hours on the field with my guys throwing and catching, it's paying off," he said. "We're really excited about these next few years and these past few days have hopefully been glimpse of it."