Purdue offers specialist McGehee

Purdue has been working to add a specialist for its 2014 recruiting class, and head coach Darrell Hazell has identified his guy: Pine Bluff, Arkansas kicker/punter Austin McGehee. Boiler Sports Report provides the details of McGehee's offer.

Austin McGehee wasn't expecting a phone call from Darrell Hazell. He sure is glad it came. Purdue extended the rising senior kicker and punter a scholarship offer.

"I feel pretty good about it," McGehee said after the offer came on Wednesday. "I was pretty psyched."

It's not too often that specialists are given scholarship offers, and that's something McGehee even acknowledged. The offer from Purdue is his first and something he's grateful for. When speaking to Hazell on the phone, he was nearly at a loss for words.

"I was just like, ‘thank you so much for the opportunity,'" McGehee said.

McGehee has great excitement for his first offer—something he has been vying to earn.

"It's just a blessing, that's all I can say about it," said McGehee. "My hard work is paying off. I respect that [Purdue was] the first to offer. That's going to be huge when making my decision."

As a high school junior, McGehee was First-Team All-State in Arkansas as he hit 14 of 18 field goals and went 66 of 68 on extra point attempts. He also averaged 44.1 yards per punt and put 61 of his 70 kickoffs into the end zone. McGehee works with kicking guru Chris Sailer, who rates him as a 4.5-star prospect.

McGehee hopes to visit West Lafayette with his family and tour the school. For now, he admittedly doesn't know much about the Purdue program,

"I know it's a great academic school, it has a unique rivalry with the University of Indiana," he said. "That's about all I know right now."

At Purdue, McGehee could work as a kicker and punter, and it's very possible he would punt as a true freshman. Even with great benefit to his offer, he still has a while to go before making a decision.

"I didn't know they were even going to offer me," he joked. "I'm just trying to enjoy this right now."

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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