Indianapolis (Ind.) Brebeuf Jesuit Top247 defensive lineman Joe Strickland announced his commitment to Purdue on Thursday afternoon. The Hoosier State four-star chose to play his college football in West Lafayette over his other two finalists in Indiana and Stanford.

Besides the programs mentioned, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Strickland also took an official to Penn State and strongly considered Northwestern among others. “Got to be Purdue,” Strickland told 247Sports the night before going public with his plans. “Everybody says academics but they are Top 10 in the nation in every major I’m considering.

I’ve been coached up by (defensive line coach Mark) Hagen a couple years ago at camp, and he hasn’t changed. I’ve built very strong relationships with a lot of people, but recently the past couple of months (strength coach) Coach (Domenic) Reno is a big factor on why I chose Purdue.

He’s been real from day one with everything he has told me and showed me. “It’s close to home, has my major, history of developing defensive ends, and is the place I see myself growing the most overall in the long run.” Strickland is tabbed by the Top247 as the nation’s No. 29 defensive lineman and No. 231 prospect overall. He is the No. 6 player in Indiana and 247Sports National Analyst Allen Trieu compares his game to former Notre Dame standout Khalid Kareem.

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