Colmery commits to the Boilermakers

Chicago-area defensive end Will Colmery gave the Boilermakers his verbal pledge on Friday, becoming Purdue's 11th commit.

The offer came on Tuesday and Will Colmery wasted little time. The Chicago-area defensive end knew he wanted to be a Purdue Boilermaker. On Friday, he made it official.

"It feels pretty good," Colmery said of his verbal commitment. "It's pretty amazing to be committed to a Big Ten program. I'm really happy and like Purdue."

Colmery, a standout at Nazareth (Ill.) High School, picked Purdue over offers from Central Michigan and Wyoming.

Purdue defensive coordinator Greg Hudson served as Colmery's lead recruiter and was the first to receive a phone call on Friday evening. At the time, Hudson was with several of Purdue's coaches and they all received the good news.

"They were really excited, really pumped," Colmery said.

Colmery first visited Purdue's campus this summer, getting to see what West Lafayette is like. The campus and facilities left a strong impression.

Above all, the direction of Purdue's program under its new regime is what really stood out.

"Coach Hazell and the rest of the coaches, I have a lot of respect for," Colmery said. "I know all those coaches are proven winners and come from successful programs. They're all trying to make Purdue great and that's something I want to be a part of."

While on campus at Purdue, Colmery developed a comfort with the school. All that was missing was the scholarship offer. Tuesday marked a milestone day.

"I felt really comfortable with the school, and I like the coaches a lot," said Colmery. "It was always my goal to play in the Big Ten. I'm really excited."

Colmery marks 11 verbal commits for Purdue, including four on the defensive side of the ball and three from near Chicago.

The enjoyment of Tuesday brought Colmery a great feeling. Friday feels even sweeter.

"It's definitely a relief," he said. "Recruiting has been pretty stressful. It's really good to get it out of the way and I'm glad to be playing for Purdue in the Big Ten."

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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