Difficult decisions lead Yacoobi to Purdue

Bearooz Yacoobi faced a difficult recruitment, but it led him to what he feels is an ideal situation at Purdue.

Just a month ago, Bearooz Yacoobi wouldn't have expected a future at Purdue.

Yacoobi had originally committed to Northern Illinois, remaining a Huskie pledge for several months. But when the Boilermakers came calling in late December, his recruitment changed. The once-enjoyable recruiting process became a burden.

"At the beginning, it was fun to know my hard work had paid off," Yacoobi said. "But when it got to decision making, it was tough. You had to know what you really wanted."

While visiting West Lafayette in January, Yacoobi made the switch from Huskie to Boilermaker. It was difficult to tell the Northern Illinois coaches that he was leaving.

"It was hard," Yacoobi said. "My [Northern Illinois] offensive line coach, my recruiting coach and the head coach, I built a really tight bond with them. In the end, it just came down to what was best for me."

Purdue would become the perfect fit for Yacoobi. As a Boilermaker, he has the chance to take the field on day one. But above all, the academics stood out.

Yacoobi plans to major in engineering. The chance to do so at Purdue's prestigious engineering school was something he couldn't pass up.

"I wanted to go Big Ten or Ivy League like my brother," Yacoobi said.

"I'm getting Division I football at its finest and an Ivy League [level] education. I've got the best of both worlds."

Yacoobi will sign his national letter of intent on Wednesday, surrounded by family and friends at Dearborn (Mich.) High School.

While visiting Purdue two weeks ago, Yacoobi donned a brand new Nike Purdue jacket to wear, but wasn't allowed to keep it due to NCAA rules. Instead, he ordered a shirt to wear for the big day.

"I'm kind of bummed that they had to take it back," Yacoobi joked. "I went and ordered a shirt, it came in the mail the other day. I'm just really pumped for Wednesday."

At Purdue, Yacoobi feels he has an excellent opportunity—the chance for early playing time, fulfilling the major he desires, and finding a new home. A stressful recruitment worked out well in the end.

"It's a big relief knowing that everything is over with in this recruiting process and knowing that my hard work has taken me, with all the help of my family, relatives and coaching staff," he said. "They got me here. When I sign that paper, it's my future—the next four years of my life, then the next forty or fifty years."

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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