Posey high on Purdue

T.J. Posey stayed on Purdue's recruiting board through a coaching transition, and remains high on the Boilermakers. The three-star linebacker discusses his recruitment and more in this Boiler Sports Report story.

When T.J. Posey visited West Lafayette last fall, he had a Purdue offer in his pocket and held the program in high regard. Several months later, he received an offer from the Boilermakers again.

New head coach Darrell Hazell kept the Gadsden (Ala.) linebacker on Purdue's recruiting board through the coaching transition. The Boilermakers caught Posey's attention.

"It would be a great school for me to go to," said Posey, "both for the education and football.

"It's something different. They see something, so it sticks out in my head; I think about them. They're Purdue."

Those differences simple stem from location. Purdue is the only northern school showing interest in the Alabama linebacker. His list of offers includes Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and now Purdue.

"I don't want to say any school is standing out," said Posey. "I've got to go to camps for a couple schools that want to see me run and move a little bit, since I had an injury. Nobody is standing out too much; I'm just keeping them equal."

The one key distinction between the schools is conference; Purdue being the only Big Ten school to offer a scholarship, joining a herd of SEC suitors.

"The Big Ten is hard-nosed football; it's a little different than the SEC, but it's still good football," said Posey. "That meant a lot to me. But it doesn't matter what conference I play in, as long as I handle my business and get the best opportunity."

The three-star linebacker is planning to make his college decision toward the end of the summer or even at the beginning of his senior season if more time is necessary. During that time, he plans to make a return trip to West Lafayette for an in-person meeting with the new coaching staff.

"I'm just ready to go up there and meet the new staff and build better relationships," he said of Purdue.

No summer visits have been officially set for Posey. Boiler Sports Report will offer continued updates on his recruitment.

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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