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Wednesday, July 03, 2019 1:00 am

Angola star Brandt commits to Purdue football

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Angola safety/outside linebacker Ryan Brandt decided to stay in-state Tuesday, committing to play for Purdue beginning in the 2020 season.

Brandt chose the Boilermakers, who were the first FBS team to offer him a scholarship when he was a junior, over offers from Air Force, Ball State and Central Michigan, among others.

“It feels great,” Brandt told WFFT-TV about his commitment. “It's nice to have all that (the recruiting process) off my shoulders and to be 100% committed and have the whole process done and over with.”

In choosing the Boilermakers, he said: “It was the whole family feel. I'd been (to West Lafayette) like six times and every time I went the coaches were really nice, and every time I went the family vibe was just better and better. I'm a big family guy and that just made it easy.”

Brandt helped lead Angola to an undefeated regular season and a second straight sectional championship before falling to eventual state champion Bishop Dwenger in the regional.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive star is the No. 15 player in the 2020 class in Indiana, per 247sports.com, and the 93rd-ranked linebacker in the country. He adds to a class that already had 10 commitments and now ranks No. 46 in the country.

He plays strong safety for the Hornets and the Boilermakers envision Brandt playing nickel back, safety or outside linebacker, depending on how much weight he puts on before the 2020 season begins and whether that affects his speed. He said he'll gladly play any of those positions.

“It's awesome to represent not only my community, but represent Indiana and play for Purdue,” Brandt said. “I'm super, super stoked to go out there and play my game and leave it all out (there).”

“I'm super excited to have a high motor all the time and just fly around.”

dsinn@jg.net