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Purdue Opens Thompson's Eyes

Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic defensive lineman Dylan Thompson has seen his stock rise in the last month, landing his first five scholarship offers.

Purdue became the fifth program to extend a scholarship on Tuesday evening, joining Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana and Vanderbilt.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Thompson was in West Lafayette for the Boilermakers junior day on Sunday and is excited about the opportunity to possibly make an impact at Purdue.

“The visit on Sunday really opened my eyes to the university,” Thompson said. He had visited Purdue previously. “A lot of great facilities we weren’t able to see back in the fall. Very nice campus spread out a little bit. Great football facilities and I can’t wait to get back up there this spring.”

Led by head coach Darrell Hazell and defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, the new Purdue coaching staff is making an impression on Thompson.

“I was a very big priority to them,” Thompson said. “I like Coach Hudson. He’s a good guy. He’s really fun to talk to. Coach Hazell brought Kent State from the bottom half of D-1 schools in the country to the Top-20. I thought that was awesome.”

Ohio State emerged as the early leader from for Thompson but Purdue tightened up the race.

“Purdue definitely gained ground,” Thompson said. “They have one of the best engineering programs in the country. They’re a sturdy school and sturdy program. Purdue has all these great academics and I can’t wait to get back out there.”

Next up for Thompson is a visit to Ohio State on March 22. He’ll visit Michigan State on March 30, Notre Dame on April 6 and and Wisconsin on April 13.

One of the next schools to offer could be USC.

“Coach (Mike) Eckler said I’m a big priority for USC now,” Thompson said.

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