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Big WR Staten sets an official

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It's been a couple months since Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln wide receiver Khalif Staten landed his first scholarship offer. The 6-foot-3, 219-pounder has scheduled an official up to Purdue.
"I've scheduled my official there for October 26th when they play Northwestern," he said. "I stay in touch with their coaches a lot and they are having a great year. I want to see what's going on up there.
"I do like what I see. They run a similar offense to us, a spread three and four wide receiver formation. It looks like something I can adjust to easily."
Is there anything Staten is hoping to see while at Purdue?
"I just want to go and see how the facilities are, check out the school and see what the student athletes do."
While the Boilermakers will get Staten's first official, it likely won't be his only one.
"I'm getting a lot of interest from schools, UNLV, Boston College, Boise State, Virginia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and even Vanderbilt," he said. "They are starting to send letters and want some tapes.
"I'll probably take an official to Boston College. I'd like to take visits to Georgia Tech and Miami too."
It's clear that Purdue is the favorite at this time for the three-star prospect.
"They are the favorite since they have offered, but Boston College is looking really good. They are also good academically. I haven't heard a lot from Miami, but I'm going to send my film there in hopes of getting some interest."
Although Staten's team Lincoln has struggled to a 1-4 start, the No. 4 prospect in New York is having a big year.
"I don't know what's going on with the team," he said. "We're losing close games by two or three points. Either we don't start or don't finish hard.
"For me though the season is beautiful. I've had 34 catches for 600-yards and 10 touchdowns. I also have an interception. It's really different this year. Last season Lansford Watson was the go to man, now it's me. I've become a smarter player and I recognize things more."
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