Multiple outlets are reporting that Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell will be the next head football coach at Purdue.
“I know a little bit about him,” Etling said. The signal-caller out of Terre Haute (Ind.) South Vigo is the top-rated prospect in Purdue’s 2013 class. “I did a lot of research on all the coaches that may get hired. He was the receivers coach at Ohio State and he coached at Rutgers and West Virginia and those places.”
Etling has been a pledge to the in-state Boilermakers going back to April and refrained from commenting on the situation after Hope was fired. Other than remaining a firm commit, he doesn’t have much to add at this point but he’s looking forward to the future.
“I’m going to have to wait for him to talk to me and see what his plans are for me because his plan could differ from Coach Hope’s and the other staff,” Etling explained. “I’ll have to see if I fit in and if he wants me. He seems like a really nice coach and really good hire for Purdue. I’ll have to see what he tells me.”
Hazell went 16-9 in two seasons at Kent State and was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year this season after leading his team to an 11-2 record.
Saint John (Ind.) Lake Central running back David Yancey was quick to announce he was sticking with Purdue after Hope was let go, and he’s fired up about the latest developments.
“I like Coach Hazell,” Yancey said. “I’m watching (a replay) of the MAC Championship right now. He runs the ball a lot and looks like he could be a great coach. I’m excited about it. I’m just ready because I haven’t taken my official to Purdue yet, that’s a blessing in disguise to get down there and meet him and talk to him and the new coaching staff. I can’t wait to meet him.”
Purdue has 11 commits in the class-of-2013.