Ijalana visits Purdue; set for decision

JUCO tight end Isaac Ijalana will pick between Purdue and others next weekend, following his official visit in West Lafayette.

Shortly after a decommitment from Oklahoma, junior college tight end prospect Isaac Ijalana had Purdue assistant Jafar Williams on the phone. In came a scholarship offer and a new option.

"It means a lot, Purdue is a prestigious university," said Ijalana of his latest offer.

A 6-foot-5, 250-pound target at Pierce College in Los Angeles, Ijalana also holds offers from Akron Illinois, Oklahoma, and Utah State.

Since first reaching out, Williams has worked to build a relationship with Ijalana. He has been honest in where the tight end would fit with the program.

"They're telling me I have a great opportunity to compete," Ijalana said. "They have a senior tight end (Gabe Holmes), and they said I have a good chance to learn the system from him and contribute to the offense.

Ijalana made the trek from the west coast to the Midwest this weekend, taking an official visit in West Lafayette. He was able to get a feel for what Purdue's campus is like.

"The visit was good," Ijalana said. "What stood out was the atmosphere around campus. I liked it a lot."

Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell rolled out the black and gold carpet for more than 20 official visitors, with Ijalana being one of the most important. The staff made the tight end feel at home with the Boilermakers.

"This weekend, I got a good feel of all the coaches there—it's really a great staff," he said.

A decision for Ijalana is coming on December 15, his birthday. Currently, he has not decided which other schools will be in the mix, but the Boilermakers have solidified their place in the picture.

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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