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January 16, 2014

Purdue set to host offensive tackle target





Once this weekend ends Bearooz Yacoobi will know the next step.

Yacoobi, an offensive tackle from Dearborn, Mich., has been committed to Northern Illinois since the fall and has already taken an official visit. But since then an offer from Purdue has changed the complexion of an otherwise low-key recruitment.

Purdue will host Yacoobi on a visit of its own starting Friday and running into Sunday morning. Sometime in the couple days after that trip he hopes to have a final decision.

"Really I just want to see what it's all about," Yacoobi said. "I just really never considered Purdue as a late visit. But it's great. It's my first Big Ten offer, so I'm excited about that. I just want to go down there and see what it's all about. Right now it's really between Northern Illinois and Purdue but I've got to visit there before finalizing things really."

Yacoobi committed to Northern Illinois in September over scholarship offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.

Purdue bulled its way into the picture in mid-December with a scholarship offer then secured the visit. Yacoobi has since connected with recruiter Kevin Sherman and offensive line coach Jim Bridge and found himself intrigued with the academic side of things.

Engineering is a possible career path for the 6-foot-5, 260-pound prospect.

"Mostly I would say it was the Big Ten aspect," Yacoobi said of the lure to Purdue. "And also really their academic program. Purdue is known for their engineering."

Coaches have also mentioned the possibility of competing for time on the field from the start of freshman year. Yacoobi has given that opportunity its due consideration.

"They're looking for some starters to start as young freshmen," Yacoobi said. "Once I get knowledge I guess they want to start me."

After wrapping up the trip to West Lafayette, Yacoobi plans to deliberate for a couple days at home before notifying coaches of his final decision. There will be some critical criteria talked about in those conversations.

Yacoobi doesn't expect it to be an easy choice.

"Really what I'm looking for in a college is a good football program," he said. "Academics, my surroundings and atmosphere. Then the people that are around me. It's pretty difficult."




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