WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (GoldandBlack.com) - Coach Danny Hope wanted to land a highly touted long snapper inthe Class of 2010 and got just that as Jesse Schmitt verballycommitted to the Boilermakers.
Schmitt, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Louisville (Ky.)Trinity High School, committed to Purdue last week. He also playson the offensive line in high school.
Schmitt was rated the No. 2 snapper nationally in the Class of2010 by Ray Guy/Pro Kicker.com and No. 1 snapper by Kohl's KickingCamp (4.5 out of 5 stars).
In addition to Purdue, Schmitt was also being recruited byKentucky, Louisville and North Carolina. He also had a scholarshipoffer from Eastern Kentucky, Hope's alma mater and first headcoaching stop.
"We wanted him to go to a school where he could succeedacademically," his father Karl Schmitt, who played at MoreheadState University, said. "And academics at Purdue are as good as anyyou can find in the United States.
"We also wanted a place where he could succeed athletically.Those two things are why he picked Purdue."
Helping Purdue's cause was the fact that the Schmitt family hasknown Hope and Boilermaker offensive coordinator Gary Nord foryears.
His father also said it was important to his son that Purdueputs so much emphasis on special teams.
"(Boilermaker special teams coach) J.B. Gibboney is an expert atkicking and snapping and special teams and that was veryimportant," Schmitt's father said.
Schmitt, whose mother was a swimmer at Miami (Fla.), attendedPurdue's camp in June of 2008. It was at that time the Boilermakercoaching staff noticed how effective a snapper Schmitt was.
"One of the coaches said, 'Hey your son can really snap,' andthat's when it (the recruiting process) all started," his fathersaid. "The guys at Purdue said he was pretty special."
Schmitt plays for powerhouse Trinity, which won the 6Achampionship in both 2007 and 2008.
As a sophomore in the 2007 state championship game versusarch-rival St. Xavier, made a perfect PAT snap with 32 seconds leftin regulation with score 28-27 to send the game into overtime.
In addition, on two occasions he had perfect games in front of39,000-plus fans at the University of Louisville's Papa John'sCardinal Stadium in regular season versus St. Xavier in the"Catholic Super Bowl."
Schmitt was error-free on 30 punt snaps and numerous kickplacements for Trinity's undefeated junior varsity teams for twoseasons.
Schmitt is the Boilermakers' ninth verbal commitment in theClass of 2010.
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