Chicago Robeson running back Devon Sanders picked up his first scholarship offer of the process from Purdue, and on Saturday he was in West Lafayette to take in the Boilermaker's home opener against Eastern Kentucky.
"I just wanted to see how the fans and the atmosphere would be, because I had never been to a college game before and I really enjoyed myself," Sanders said.
Sanders made a visit to Purdue earlier this summer shortly after the Boilermakers had offered, so he had a feel for the coaching staff and the campus. Saturday's visit gave him a chance to evaluate his fit and opportunity from a football standpoint.
"I think I have a good chance of maybe playing my freshman year," Sanders said. "Their offense is pretty much like ours. They run the same type of formations we run, so I feel comfortable with that."
Now having seen Purdue twice in the last few weeks, Sanders is giving thought to a future with the Boilermakers and has discussed that with the coaching staff.
"I talked to Coach [Danny] Hope and he said he needs to say my grades first before I can commit," Sanders said. "I gave him my transcripts yesterday and am just waiting on him to contact me back."
If Sanders receives the go-ahead from Purdue coaches on a commitment, he does not expect to take much time before making that official.
As a junior, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Sanders rushed for 1,538 yards and 26 touchdowns. He is off to a strong start in his senior year as well, totaling 225 yards and four touchdowns through his first two games.