Marian center Kirk Barron has committed to Purdue and will be an early enrollee next month. The 300 pound offensive linemen originally committed to Ohio, but is now headed to West Lafayette to play for Darrel Hazell's squad.
Barron began starting for the Knights as a sophomore and helped lead the team to a Regional title in 2012.
Kirk said the idea of playing for a Big Ten university this close to home was the deciding factor. After going back and forth between schools Barron also said he was happy to have the recruiting process over with.
"It is exciting that I don't have that mystery about where I am going," Barron said. "I am all ready to go. I don't have to buy a bunch of hats just one Purdue hat. It is a good feeling."
For his coach the moment is somewhat bittersweet.
"He really did a tremendous job," Marian head coach Reggie Glon said. "We are so proud of the fact that he has gotten this opportunity to go and play at Purdue. Yeah we are going to miss him a little bit at graduation time, but we know it is best for him. We are excited about going down and see him at spring ball."
Kirk and his coach both acknowledged the amount of work it took to get to this point.
"It takes a lot of extra hours," Barron said. "We have everything here that is mandatory but you have to do extra things, extra reps, extra time in the gym, stuff like that."
Kirk will begin working out with the Boilermakers next semester.