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Purdue Football: Kyle Bilodeau Breakdown

What does the commitment of the tight end mean for the Boilermakers?

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So, Coach Brohm and Co. just landed a top tight end for the class of 2019. There are a few things to take away from this commitment. But first of all, I want us to realize this. Coach Brohm got this kid to commit on a damn unofficial visit.

This was not a weekend long official, this was an unofficial where you can only do so much, more rules to it I guess you could say. Another thing, we took him out of the Virginia Tech recruiting dominant state. They use tight ends a bunch and we still got him to leave.

Bolideau is no slump at tight end, back in April, his dad compared Kyle and the top tight end taken in the 2018 NFL Draft, Hayden Hurst.

In short, Kyle basically has tested or measured better in almost every category than the top tight end taken in April. I know that doesn’t mean a bunch, but it is pretty cool to look at. Also, having a tight end in high school run a mid 4.6 with his size is just so damn unfair, I am sending prayers to all of the opposing coaches that have to gameplan for him.

So, anyway, what does this mean? I think it means three things for our Boilermakers in gameplan wise and recruiting wise.

  • Two Tight End Sets are here to stay

I know you all watched Purdue Football last season. We used a ton of two tight end sets. Many believed it was because our best receivers were Cole Herdman and Brycen Hopkins. That may be true, but Coach Brohm has showed continued value in the tight end position. Last season, he got two tight ends to commit, with Jack Cravaack (maybe DE) and Payne Durham. After this season, we only lose Herdman, so in 2019 with Bolideu, we will have Hopkins (SR), Tressel (SR), Pittman (JR), Cravaack (SO or RS FR), Durham (SO or RS FR) and Bolideu (FR). That is a ton of talent in one room. Are we the next Tight End U?

  • We are starting to cast a wide net in recruiting, coast to coast.

This is obvious, but for the most part we have stayed in the midwest for positions outside of quarterback, well the midwest and a few southern states. But, it appears now that Coach Brohm is starting to cast a wide net for multiple positions, while still focusing mainly on the midwest. I personally want us to dominate the state of Indiana like we did under Tiller, which will come and still may (will) happen for the 2019 class.

  • Brohm is getting who he wants in recruiting.

It seems these days that we are rarely missing out on guys that Coach Brohm truly wants. His recruiting style plays into that. From what I have heard, kids respect his no BS blue collar work ethic when it comes to coaching and recruiting. He is going to tell you exactly what he thinks and kids are liking that. He also has a great social media department that helps with the Twitter end of everything, it is fun to watch the Purdue football brand grow. You can also tell Coach Brohm has specific type of player he looks for at each position. Offensive Line - tall, lean, athletic, Quarterback - Tall, decent speed, Running Back - All Around back, Wide Receiver - Likes speedy guys for slot, tall for outside, Corner - Over 6’, etc.

Bilodeau is a great get for us and I am ready for him to be on campus. Boiler Up!