By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Jan. 30, 2014) – Flint Hill School senior and Leesburg resident Cole Herdman has committed to continue his football career at Purdue University starting in the fall of 2014.
“It has been a dream of mine since I can remember to play big-time college football,” the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Herdman said. “The Big 10 conference gives me the opportunity to match up with some of the best college football players.”
During his official visit to the Indiana school in early December, Herdman was offered a scholarship by the Division I Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell.
“When I visited Purdue in December, I realized the staff led by coach Hazell was a great group of coaches with experience at all levels of football including the NFL,” said Herdman who will play tight end for the Boilermakers. “The coaching staff did a great job of getting the right people in the 2014 recruiting class, players who have a common goal to make Purdue a dominant football program and get Purdue back to the Rose Bowl.”
In 2013, Purdue football experienced one of its worst seasons since the football program began in 1887. Finishing just 1-11, 2013 was the Boilermakers worse season since 1907 when the team finished 0-5.
However, it is not all bad for Purdue as they have won a bowl game as recently as 2007 when they beat Central Michigan 51-48 in the Motor City Bowl.
Hazell is planning on turning the program around after receiving 16 commitments already from the class of 2014.
“Purdue is looking for a player who can contribute early on, and I feel like I can help the team in both the passing and running game,” Herdman said “I’m a physical tight end, who can be a problem for opposing defenses in the passing game and also, not afraid to put my hand in the dirt and be a big part of the running game. I’m preparing in the weight room now so I can contribute as soon as I get on campus.”
Last fall, the Huskies finished 6-4 losing their final game of the season on Nov. 9 to the Collegiate School from Richmond during the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state semifinals.
During his career with Flint Hill, Herdman accumulated 24 catches for 334 yards and 11 touchdowns.
“I play football, because of the competitive nature,” Herdman said. “My coaches throughout my career have pushed me and motivated me to be the best player I can be.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!