Hours after helping his team advance to the second round of the Kentucky state playoffs, Frankfort (Ky.) Franklin County three-star wide receiver Ryan Timmons was in West Lafayette, Ind., taking an official visit to Purdue.
"We had a good time and I got to see things I didn't see the last time I went up there last winter, so it was a good trip," Timmons said. "I got to meet all the coaches and my mother got to meet all the coaches and Coach [Danny] Hope.
Conferencing with his mother following the visit, Timmons noted she took special interest in Purdue's academic approach.
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"She was impressed with the school, the team GPA and how they do things with the players and their schooling," Timmons said. "School comes first and Purdue is on that so that's what she liked the most."
The aspect of the trip that stuck with Timmons most coming off the official visit with his interaction with the Purdue players. His player-host for the visit was freshman quarterback Bilal Marshall.
"When I went up there I got to be around the players a little bit and just be around the team," Timmons said. "That helped me get to know what they were about and what they were like. Once I went there, I got more comfortable with the team, what they do and what they are looking for me to do."
This past weekend's trip was Timmons' second official visit of the recruiting process. He took an earlier official visit to Arkansas in September, and has two more official visits tentatively scheduled.
"I have Illinois and Ohio State in December," Timmons said. "Right now we're still in the playoffs and hopefully I'll keep playing until the first weekend in December and plan them after that. If we lose or something happens, then it will still be in December sometime."
Timmons made an unofficial visit to Illinois in the summer, and he is looking forward to returning to Champaign to familiarize himself with the coaches and players.
"I only have talked to two coaches there, so basically it will be the same thing I was looking for at Purdue and that is getting to know the team better and the coaches more," Timmons said.
Timmons was a stand out at two of Ohio State's camps over the summer. He does not yet hold an offer from the Buckeyes, but is in regular contact with their coaching staff.
"They usually call me every Thursday," Timmons said. "Last time when I talked to them I talked to Coach [Urban] Meyer and he was talking about how he wanted me to come up so he could meet my family and talk to my mom, so I am looking forward to that visit."
Timmons' Franklin County team heads into a showdown with Burlington Conner in the second round of the state playoffs this coming weekend. When the two teams met in last year's state playoffs the final score was an amazing 84-48.