"I committed (to Purdue) late last night. Nothing in specific really set it up. I was ready to do it, got hesitant, but decided to go forward with it since I'd been thinking about doing it for some time."
Though he went back and forth about making the commitment a number of times, he decided to proceed, and the decision brought relief to both Etling and the Purdue coaches.
"They were pretty happy. They were relieved too since they thought I might be going somewhere else. I was the same way. I was relieved and I'm glad to be moving forward."
Lafayette is just under two hours from Terre Haute. Etling will not only be close to home and his family, but he will also be continuing in the footsteps of his cousin, a former Boilermaker. The fit couldn't have been much better.
"Besides proximity to home, the fact that my cousin Joe went there was a big factor. Joe really turned out well, and if he can do it, I can too. I like all the coaches, and I don't think I can find a better situation for me. For a quarterback I felt like Purdue was the place to go."
Etling got a great feel for Purdue when he visited recently, but one of the most key factors in his decision was the investment the coaches made in him.
"The campus and the academic prestige are great. They committed to me and want to build around me, and I want to buy back into that."
Of course the commitment also came with the burden of informing the coaches at other schools of his decision.
"I had to tell some of the other schools, which was tough. It was tough having to tell some of the best coaches and nicest guys out there. I guess if there's a downside to committing it was that."
An early commit, Etling will now turn his attention toward his offseason workouts and occasionally getting in the ears of his fellow recruits.
"For the most part they just want me to help a little recruiting, but they don't want to overwhelm me and didn't have me focus on anyone specific. I have a lot of work to get done before college so I want to spend that time getting better. It will be fun to see how that works out."