Purdue moved quickly on several in-state juniors today including Andrean High linebacker Josh Barajas, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect who helped his team win the state title this year by making 82 tackles, four sacks and grabbing one interception.
"It feels awesome," he said of the offer. "It really is just unbelievable. My coach called me down, told me the news and I just sat there for a second and brought it all in. It was unbelievable."
As for visiting West Lafayette, Barajas said, "No I have not, but I definitely want to go down there."
He also said his coach has told him other schools are interested, but he has not had any contact with any other programs yet. Although he played at Chicago Mount Carmel before heading to Andrean, he has still followed the Boilermaker program.
"To get the first offer from a Big Ten school is even more than I could imagine or ask for. I hear a lot of things about them being on the rise with a new coach, so that is exciting."
Wherever he ends up, Barajas is hoping to bring the same style of play he brought to Andrean this year.
"I like to play with a lot of intensity. After making big plays, getting up on it, not just waling back to the huddle. I like to use my hands when I play. It's an effective way to get off blocks and I like to go 100 percent every play. Something I need to work on is lateral movement and staying low."