Woodberry Forest TE Kyle Bilodeau (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
The state’s top tight end Kyle Bilodeau chooses Purdue
by John Harvey, recruit804
Kyle Bilodeau has a passion for football and meteorology.
The Woodberry Forest tight end will combine both at the college level after her verbally committed to Purdue University on Friday afternoon.
The 6-foot-6, 238-pound rising senior made the announcement on his Twitter page after an unofficial visit to the West Lafayette, Indiana to view the campus and the football program.
“First off, Purdue has one of the best atmospheric science departments in the nation, so I started off with interest just from that,” Bilodeau said. “There is so much about Purdue that makes it the best fit for me. When we arrive on campus, the coaches met us at our hotel, which was on campus and put together a great two-and-a-half-day visit.”
Earlier this week, Bilodeau toured the campus and facilities and met with tight end coaches Mark Tommerdahl and Ryan Wallace to discuss the Boilermakers program.
“They showed me film and laid out their plan for how they will develop me into the best tight end I can be,” Bilodeau said. “We watched film of last year and went over how they will see me.”
We toured campus, toured the facilities, and met with coaches. Coach (Mark) Tommerdahl and (Ryan) Wallace, the main 2 TE coaches, showed me film and laid out their plan for how they will develop me into the best TE I can be. We watched film of last year and went over how they will use me.
The tight end was a major factor under Coach Jeff Brohm in his first season in West Lafayette. Rising junior Brycen Hopkins and rising senior Cole Herdman combined for 45 receptions for 680 yards and six touchdowns in the 2017 season.
“Coach Brohm has used tight end as a focal point of the offense,” Bilodeau said. “He told me they are trending toward even more usage, which is great.”
The Boilermakers posted a 7-6 record, including a 4-5 mark in the Big 10, and finished the season with a 38-35 victory over the University of Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl.
Bilodeau has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail this summer with several standout performances during high-profile camps, including The Opening regional combine in Charlotte, N.C. He earned invitations to The Opening Finals and the Under Armour All-American combine
His measurables during these combines are off the charts. He was closed at 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a 6.96-second time in the three-cone drill. He posted a broad jump of 34-feet, 2-inches and a broad jump of 121.
The Mechanicsville native was a first-team, All-Prep League and All-state performer for Woodberry Forest for the second straight season last year. He caught 17 passes for 195 yards in the Tigers’ run-based offense.
He had scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Yale, James Madison, Temple, Vanderbilt and Dartmouth, before settling on Purdue.
“I really liked some other schools too, but after the visit, I realized there is no other better fit for me, so I decided to commit,” Bilodeau said. “The coaches expect me to be a huge part of the offense to play early.”
Bilodeau is ecstatic with the opportunity to play in the Big 10 against some of the top teams in college football.
“I love the fact we’re going to be playing teams like Wisconsin, Ohio State and Penn State on a yearly basis,” he said. “There is a lot of opportunity for success.”
The Woodberry Forest product is excited to get this decision out of the way early on, so he can truly focus on his senior season.
“I’m really happy I’m done with recruiting early, so I can just relax at home and work out the rest of the summer,” Bilodeau said. “The coaching staff is great and are taking and will continue to take Purdue to new heights.”
Bilodeau can’t wait to get started.
“It’s been a dream of mine to play major (Division I) football,” he said. “I’m excited to make it happen.”
– John Harvey