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December 16, 2013
Boilermakers land Virginia tight end
Needing a tight end for its 2014 class, Purdue turned this weekend to Cole Herdman, who accepted Monday, more than a week after he'd officially visited West Lafayette.
"The visit was great and the coaching staff really impressed me," Herdman said. "They were really professional. Coach (Darrell) Hazell and Coach (Gerad) Parker and Coach (Kevin) Sherman all recruited me really well and were very professional with me, I thought.
"They told me that coming to Purdue, I could be part of something great, that they're going to compete for championships. I want to be part of a winning, successful program and I thought Purdue would be a great fit."
Herdman chose Purdue over Virginia Tech, which offered a deferred, greyshirt scholarship during an official visit this weeend, as well as interest from Ohio and an offer from William & Mary.
"(Purdue) likes both my blocking and ability to catch," said Herdman, who totaled 14 touchdowns his junior and senior seasons. "My film has a lot of good blocking plays on it and shows that when I get the ball in space, I can be a pretty good receiver as well.
"I think I can do both. I know some guys come into programs thinking they're just going to be a receiver or just going to be a big guy who's going to block. I think I can be a guy they can utilize (either way)."
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from Flint Hill in Oakton, Va., gave Purdue its 16th commitment for the 2014 class.
Herdman was Purdue's third commitment in the span of about 24 hours, as offensive line recruit Martesse Patterson and safety Juan Jenkins committed Sunday.
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