Caldwell County quarterback Elijah Sindelar has committed to Purdue, choosing the Boilermakers over Kentucky and Mississippi.
Sindelar, who led Caldwell County to a state runner-up finish in Class 2A as a sophomore and the state semifinals last year, said academics were a major factor in his decision.
"Purdue's engineering program is everything I've wanted," he said Tuesday afternoon. "When I stepped on campus there the second or third time, I knew it was the place for me."
Sindelar is a 4.0 student.
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He said the recruiting process became a grind after Christmas, with coaches coming to see him play basketball for Caldwell County.
"People were here almost every day. Even if they couldn't talk to me, their presence started to wear on me," he said. "I'm humble and I love Jesus Christ. Getting all of this attention just didn't feel right to me.
"And I didn't want to be disrespectful to the other schools recruiting me. Making my decision now gives them time to go after other quarterbacks."
UK was the first school to offer Sindelar a scholarship, with Neal Brown his primary recruiter. Sindelar called Brown to tell him his decision. "I had a very good relationship with Coach Brown so that was very hard to do," he said.
Sindelar discounted the notion that the hype surrounding UK's freshman-to-be QB Drew Barker scared him off.
"Some people are saying I didn't want to compete (with Barker)," he said. "But there'll be competition at quarterback wherever I go. I'll have to compete at Purdue, just like I would've had to compete at UK or Ole Miss."
Purdue was the second school to offer, and Boilermakers recruiting coordinator Gerad Parker, a former UK receiver, wound up getting Sindelar's commitment for the Class of 2015.
Sindelar, 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, completed 196 of 303 passes (65 percent) for 3,374 yards and 44 touchdowns last season. He has 9,028 passing yards and 95 TDs in his career.
Caldwell County Coach David Barnes said Sindelar has "untapped potential. He's going to get bigger and stronger and faster. He's a 4.0 kid and a student of the game, so he'll learn whatever system quickly.
"He's got a lot of things in his favor."