A recent visit to Purdue by three-star tight end Jonathan Curry of Phenix City (Ala.) Central didn't just meet expectations, it exceeded them.
On Monday, Curry rewarded his hosts.
"I have decided that I am going to be a Boilermaker," Curry said. "It's just where I see myself. It's where my heart is. It's where I felt comfortable. I've pretty much known for awhile where I wanted to go."
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The 6-feet, 224-pound Curry is rated as the No. 34 tight end nationally and No. 24 prospect in Alabama. He visited Purdue in early June.
"I love it," Curry said. "The facilities were immaculate. They're probably the best I've seen so far. Everything was top notch. Everything felt perfect for me. It was the perfect fit."
In the end, Curry said he chose the Boilermakers over Vanderbilt. He also considered schools such as Louisville, Stanford and Wake Forest.
"Vanderbilt is of course a great school and it's in the SEC," Curry said. "They have a great class coming in and the program is headed in the right direction. But I felt like Purdue was right for me. Purdue has a pretty good tradition. They've been up and down the past couple of years, but they're definitely on the way up right now. "
Curry, who has a 3.9 GPA, called Purdue coach Danny Hope late Monday morning to tell him of his intentions.
"He was ecstatic," Curry said. "He said he couldn't wait to tell everybody."