With the Kenton (OH) High School team participating in the tournament, Purdue was able to entertain its top prospects, the Wildcats' Noah Furbush. The three-star linebacker came to town a day early for a busy visit on campus.
"It went really well," Furbush said of the visit. "I think the thing that stood out most is Coach Hazell and the program. He's trying to build here. I think he's doing a pretty good job with it."
During his Friday visit at Purdue, Furbush spent time with Hazell and linebackers coach Marcus Freeman. He got a feel for what the academic programs hold, in addition to the football program.
"The academic campus is really breathtaking," said Furbush. "The engineering campus is really great."
Furbush, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound outside linebacker, holds offers from Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Northwestern, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and others. He also visited Northwestern this weekend, seeing Evanston on Sunday.
For Furbush, the most exciting part of the recruiting process has been building relationships.
"It's been really cool to meet all these people—people you see on TV growing up but you never think you'll meet them until the dream comes true," Furbush said.
To cap off the two-day visit in West Lafayette, the Kenton Wildcats had a strong showing at Purdue's 7-on-7. Furbush was pleased with his team's performance.
"It's a great opportunity for the team to get together, to play, get ready for the season and compete against other teams," he said.
Purdue made quite the impression on Furbush, one of its most important prospects. Not bad for a busy weekend in West Lafayette.