June 2, 2011

Purdue in hunt for JUCO DE

Morgan Breslin didn't know Ryan Kerrigan was from Purdue until the Boilermaker coaches started recruiting him this spring.

Now, however, the Diablo Valley Community College star is well aware that Kerrigan made a name for himself in a Boilermaker uniform, making Big Ten quarterbacks' lives miserable for the last four years.

"I had never heard of Ryan Kerrigan and then I looked him up," Breslin said. "He's by far one of the best players I've ever seen."

During some of their recent conversations, Breslin said Coach Danny Hope talked "a lot" about Kerrigan and Purdue's tradition of having stellar defensive ends that have gone on and excelled in the NFL.

"Ryan Kerrigan is just a freak of nature," said Breslin, who admitted to spending time watching video of Kerrigan in recent weeks.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Breslin, who like Kerrigan is a defensive end, would like nothing better than to have the same kind of success at the major college level as No. 94 did.

And like Kerrigan did, Breslin holds a scholarship offer from Purdue, but there are other suitors as well. Boise State, Utah, Oregon State, Nevada, Arizona, San Diego State and Arkansas State are the others who have offered.

He hasn't visited any of the aforementioned schools, but that will change on Thursday when he pays a visit to Boise State.

Breslin was noncommittal when asked if he favored any school or schools over the others, simply saying he's still pretty much wide open when it comes to his list.

"Whatever school is going to be the best for me academically and the school that I'll have the best shot at playing is where I'll end up," Breslin said.

He would like to commit prior to the upcoming season and if that's the case won't take all five of his allotted official visits.

One visit Breslin would like to take is to Big Ten country to see what Purdue is all about.

"I've talked to the head coach from Purdue and been in contact with some of their recruiting people, too," Breslin said. "I spoke to head coach Danny Hope just recently."

Even though Breslin is from the West Coast, it's not a must that he stay close to home.

"I don't have to stay on the West Coast," he said.

Breslin went the JUCO route since he didn't academically qualify out of Los Lomas (Calif.) High School, where he was all-state at defensive tackle as a senior.

In 2009, he grey-shirted at Diablo Valley, which allowed him to get bigger and stronger. Breslin also used that time to become a better pass rusher.

A year later, he made his presence felt in a big way, leading the state of California with 12 sacks and 21 tackles-for-loss as a junior college freshman. In 10 games, Breslin made 50 tackles.

Perhaps Breslin's greatest strength is his speed. He reported runs the 40 in the 4.5 range.

He could be even more coveted by major colleges if he graduates in December, making him eligible for spring football in 2012. That's his plan as of now.

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