McNeil likes 'everything' about Purdue visit

Three-star offensive tackle Lukayus McNeil was impressed with his visit at Purdue. Boiler Sports Report offers the news surrounding his weekend visit.

With several handfuls of offers, Lukayus McNeil is trying to see as many schools as possible. This weekend, he made the short trek up I-65 to visit with Purdue.

While on campus, the three-star tackle watched the Boilermakers on their last day of preseason camp.

"Everything about it was nice," McNeil said of Purdue. "I liked everything about it."

McNeil, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound tackle from Indianapolis, holds offers from Purdue, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and more.

With an open day on his schedule, McNeil was excited to take in West Lafayette for the first time since Darrell Hazell became Purdue's new head coach.

"Right now, a lot of it has changed," McNeil said of Hazell's program. "The way that they practice and teach. He's turning everything around. He's going to make it to a really big school and make the best athletes come there. He has changed a lot about it."

During his time at practice, McNeil spent quite a bit of time watching offensive line coach Jim Bridge—his lead recruiter at Purdue—teach the Boilermaker linemen. The unit's intensity stood out above all.

"I like the way he coaches," McNeil said of Bridge. "The stuff he teaches, it was nice. He was all happy with them and playing around with them, but when it came time to get serious, he got serious."

McNeil admits he wasn't sure what to expect from his visit with the Boilermakers, but he left campus feeling impressed with the program.

"I didn't know too much about it, but it gave me more," said McNeil. "I got to see a lot more stuff. I learned much more about it."

The visit at Purdue covered most factors McNeil wanted to see, but the exception is the university's academics. He hopes to learn more about that at a later date.

McNeil is still working to plan his official visits for the fall. With 18 scholarship offers on the table, that won't be easy to do.

"I'm just trying to visit everywhere right now," he said. "As many places as I can fit in."

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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