Burke (Neb.) linebacker Nick Henrich is coming off a junior season in which he put up some big numbers, recording 119 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.
Those numbers earned him first-team all-state honors.
Recruiting also has been on an uptick for the 2019 prospect, and Purdue was one of the recent schools to pull the trigger after visiting his school, part of a string of offers from the Boilermakers in a recruiting territory where they rarely have been active.
"Purdue came to my school and talked to my head coach," Henrich said. "I've been in contact with (quality control) Coach (Dan) Rowe and then the offer just kind of happened."
The three-star prospect is intrigued with progress of the program after Jeff Brohm's first year as head coach.
"It seems like they are really turning around the Purdue program," Henrich said. "I did not get to go to any of their games this year, but I know they had a very good season. I'd like to visit sometime. It's really interesting how the new coaching staff had such a good first year."
At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, there is a lot of intrigue from Purdue on Henrich's size, versatility and nose for the football.
"He said he loves my speed and how I play the game," Henrich said. "I played mostly inside linebacker this past year, but I did play outside at times. A lot of schools think I can play inside or outside."
Henrich says he's also hearing from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. He's also recently picked up offers from Florida and Notre Dame.
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