The state of Florida is arguably the biggest recruiting hotbed in the country. One can even take it a step further and say that you can find more D-I football prospects in Florida’s Dade and Broward counties than you can find in any other state in the union.
This is why schools and coaches from every conference flock to the Sunshine State every year.
One school that has put down stakes in Florida is Purdue. Purdue head coach Danny Hope has the entire state mapped out, and every assistant coach is responsible for an area. From the panhandle to Key West, the Boilermakers have it covered.
Purdue landed five prospects from Florida in last year's recruiting class, and the Boilermakers lead for a big-time back from Miami. Lorenzo Woodley, a 6'0", 210-pound running back, from Columbus High School is scheduled to be in West Lafayette on November 2 for an official visit.
“I’m really anxious to get up to Purdue to check things out,” Woodley told me. “Purdue plays in a great football conference, and the school also has outstanding academics. I have several scholarship offers, but Purdue has shown me the most love.
“Coach Hope and [offensive coordinator Gary] Nord talk to me every week. I’m constantly hearing from them, and that means a lot to me. I’d say Purdue is my leader right now, but I still want to visit more schools.”
Woodley is averaging 7.2 yards per carry, and he has scored four touchdowns in two games played this season.
Per Rivals, Florida State, Rutgers, Pitt and South Florida are others that have offered him scholarships.