Purdue in the hunt as Bluiett gets closer

Four-star forward Trevon Bluiett will make his college decision soon, and Purdue is one of several schools in the mix. What are the Boilermakers' chances of landing the local product? Boiler Sports Report offers the details, with quotes from Bluiett's father.

In early October, a decision was made that Trevon Bluiett would re-evaluate his recruitment. The four-star forward wasn't feeling comfortable with his September pick of UCLA. It was time to look at each option once again.

One of the first schools to jump back into the mix was Purdue, which had head coach Matt Painter visiting in Indianapolis early that next morning. The Boilermakers were also one of the first to show interest in the local product, starting when he was in eighth grade. The interest has only grown since.

"A local school, great head coach in Matt Painter—I really like him, what he stands for and demands," said Reynardo Bluiett, Trevon's father. "Our family really loves that about him."

Purdue has had plenty of competition throughout its recruitment of Bluiett. Currently, the other contenders are Butler, Memphis, Michigan State and Xavier.

Bluiett was originally scheduled for an official visit at Purdue in September, but canceled it before giving UCLA his verbal pledge. Due to a lack of time plus a great familiarity with Purdue, he will not be visiting West Lafayette.

Still, Painter has been staying in contact with the Bluiett party throughout the process. The comfort with Purdue's coach is key.

"We've got to go for fit," said Reynardo Bluiett. "We're going to look at everything that's open and hopefully choose our best option. Purdue has been there through thick and thin."

Bluiett visited Michigan State last weekend, seeing a school that only recently jumped into the mix with a scholarship offer. It was a needed, refreshing visit.

"Getting up close and person with a top-notch program—a top-five program in the country—it was good to see," said Bluiett's father.

A final decision will come in November, just before the early-signing period. For now, Bluiett does not have any favorites named between the schools. It will all come down to "fit."

"A need for his position, what he does, and a high-level program," Bluiett said. "That's what we're looking for, that's going to narrow it down."

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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