Purdue in the hunt for Posey

Gadsden (Ala.) High School linebacker T.J. Posey is considering Purdue as an option. The three-star prospect discusses his recruitment and more in this Boiler Sports Report update.

The first and only time T.J. Posey visited Purdue, the climate differences from his home of Alabama caught his attention.

Posey, a standout at Gadsden City (Ala.) High School, was in West Lafayette on a bitter cold November day to see the Boilermakers play Penn State. Yet, even with the frigid weather, the linebacker had a warm welcoming at Purdue which still stands out in his mind.

"Once I got there, it was pretty cold, but my body got used to it," Posey said. "They had a nice crowd and I loved it."

If Posey were to visit Purdue again, it would be as a Boilermaker commit. The long travel is not one he plans on making unless it's done with an official visit.

Still, Purdue is a school that remains in the mix for Posey's services—even among a group made up of local names. Posey holds offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tennessee, and just one Big Ten school, Purdue.

"It's the Big Ten, it's hard-nosed, and for me being a middle linebacker, you get contact," Posey said. "It's a great school."

For Posey, the biggest draw to Purdue's program is playing in the Big Ten conference. Still, he hasn't narrowed his list yet and may not do so before a final decision. He has maintained frequent contact with the Purdue staff, usually speaking with a coach once per week. The Boilermakers remain in the hunt for the linebacker.

"They're an option and I'm considering them," Posey said of Purdue. "I'm giving all schools a chance right now. I'm pretty open."

Posey is likely to make his verbal commitment in early August, he said. The next five weeks will be instrumental as he looks to find the perfect fit.

"I'm just going where I can get a good opportunity to play," he said. "What's best for me."

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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