Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier defensive end Nick Carovillano had accumulated more than a half dozen offers going into the summer, but just landed his first Big Ten offer last week from Purdue.
"I had no previous contact with them at all, and my coach just told me they were going to offer," Carovillano said. "I have talked to Coach Hudson and am probably going to check them out in two weeks. The coaches are on a two-week break period right now, so they said pick any date after that."
Carovillano plans to take the Purdue coaches up on the invitation to visit West Lafayette. Originally from Phoenix, Ariz., Carovillano is still familiarizing himself with Midwest football, but has an interest in staying in the region for college.
"I don't really know that much about Purdue, so I want to go up and see what it is all about," he said. "I want to play in the Big Ten, so that's a pretty good plus."
The month of June did find the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Carovillano attending camps at Ohio State, Louisville and Indiana. The day at Bloomington was particularly fruitful for the three-star defensive end.
"Indiana went really well," Carovillano said. "Talking with Coach [Jon] Fabris he said there is a pretty strong possibility they will offer, they just have to get back with all the coaches because they are all on vacation. So, we'll see how that goes.
"I really like Indiana. They have a lot of great facilities, and their coaching staff I like a lot."
Prior to the Purdue offer, Carovillano's only previous BCS offer was from Boston College but the situation with the Eagle's scholarship offer has changed.
"I think Boston College filled up all their defensive line spots, so I guess I am out there," Carovillano said. "Something could still open if one of their guys switches."
Other schools that have offered Carovillano are Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Kent State and Miami (Ohio).