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Purdue latest to offer Watch List LB

11/3/2011

Hudson (Ohio) junior linebacker Ben Gedeon picked up his sixth offer recently when Purdue offered the ESPNU 150 Watch List member over the weekend.

“It kind of came out of the blue,” Gedeon said. “I hadn’t been talking to them much. But I’m excited. They’re a great program.”

Not too long ago, Gedeon received an offer from Michigan State, a school he’s been in contact a little more frequently than Purdue -- but not by much.

“[Spartans defensive coordinator Pat] Narduzzi came to our school on their bye week,” he said. “I’ve been in contact with them a little bit.”

Gedeon also holds offers from Boston College, Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee. Gedeon visited Michigan during the summer and plans to make it back at some point, but his Hudson team will hopefully be playing at least the next three Saturdays as Ohio’s regional playoffs begin this weekend.

In September, Gedeon made it to Ohio State and Penn State for a game. He watched the Buckeyes beat Akron in the season opener and then traveled to Penn State when the Nittany Lions hosted Alabama on Sept. 10.

“Penn State-Bama was pretty cool,” Gedeon said. “First time I’ve been to a Penn State game and the ‘Whiteout’ was awesome."

Before the game, Gedeon was able to briefly speak with Lions linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, but he said it was just a quick greeting.

Behind Gedeon’s strong play on defense and downhill running on offense, Hudson finished the regular season 9-1 and is the No. 3 seed in its Division I region.

“It’s been a great year,” he said. “I’m running behind a great O-line and a great fullback in Steve Nagy. All year long our defense is playing great and flying around and making plays.”