November 25, 2012
Recruit Reaction Ticker
As soon as Purdue made the decision to fire its head football coach, Danny Hope, his 2013 recruiting class starting reacting to the news.
The following is a look at what the Boilermakers' 13 verbals had to say. Be sure to check this ticker for continuing updates in the coming days.
Quarterback recruit Danny Elting, Purdue's most high-profile verbal commitment, said Sunday that he wanted to take some time to talk to his family before making a public statement.
Lineman john Strauser says he remains committed to Purdue.
But he says Hope was a big factor in his recruitment.
"I liked a lot about him," he said. "But I also picked Purdue for a lot of different reasons: A big Ten education, the resources that Purdue has, all those things that Purdue offers were an even aspect to why I choose Purdue.
"I think Coach Hope was able to understand all the things that Purdue offers. And obviously football was why I picked Purdue. Those things still remain. Obviously, it's a bummer what happened with Coach Hope. As of now, I'm still committed to Purdue."
Strauser, a native of Champaign who has offers from Illinois, Northern Illinois and Pitt, says he'll be an interested observer to see who Morgan Burke and Co. hire.
"The University made a choice today to relieve him of his duties," Strauser said. "That's their call. You've just got to sit back and absorb some information and then try not to overreact to anything
"Your heart kind of goes out to Coach Hope and his staff because they've put a lot of time into the season. And the players put a lot of time into the season. My thoughts go out to them because they've rallied these last three games. But at this point, we don't really have a choice as players or recruits. It's not our job to decide who the coach is. All we can do is play on Saturdays."
Florida DB Austin Logan was returning home from his official visit to Purdue when he was informed of the news. He said he'd like to take a day before reacting.
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