Indy-area Purdue football recruits react to Jeff Brohm leaving for Louisville

George Burhenn had an in-home visit with Purdue coach Jeff Brohm and three of his assistant coaches Tuesday night.

Burhenn, the Mt. Vernon senior tight end, heard the rumors about Brohm possibly returning to coach at Louisville, his alma mater, following Saturday’s Big Ten Championship game. But Burhenn, the state’s Mr. Football position winner at tight end, assumed it was business as usual after the visit from Brohm, tight ends coach Ryan Wallace, linebackers coach David Elson and co-defensive coordinator Mark Hagen.

They talked about the early-signing day, coming up in two weeks, and the next four years at Purdue, Burhenn said.

“It’s kind of annoying that he was leading me on,” Burhenn said, “knowing he had the (Louisville) job.”

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The 6-5, 215-pound Burhenn is not necessarily upset. He still would like to play at Purdue, depending on how the new staff comes together. Burhenn is one of the top athletes in the state, also a standout hurdler in track and field, who caught 38 passes for 784 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior for Mt. Vernon.

Mt. Vernon Marauders George Burhenn (81) rushes the ball up the field Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville. The New Palestine Dragons lead at the half against the Mt. Vernon Marauders, 21-17.
Mt. Vernon Marauders George Burhenn (81) rushes the ball up the field Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville. The New Palestine Dragons lead at the half against the Mt. Vernon Marauders, 21-17.

“I’m still committed to Purdue and would like to play there,” he said. “But there are probably going to be some coaches coming and some leaving and some (other) schools have reached out.”

In fact, Burhenn said Iowa has remained in contact with him even before Brohm’s situation unfolded in the past few days. Burhenn committed to the Boilermakers on July 1, but the three-star prospect also had offers and took official visits to Iowa and Iowa State. He also had Power 5 offers from Duke, Michigan State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

It is unclear at this point if Brohm will recruit Burhenn or any of the other large haul of in-state recruits he had lined up for the 2023 class to Louisville. Cathedral defensive lineman Kendrick Gilbert and wide receiver Jaron Tibbs, Carmel defensive end Will Heldt and safety Winston Berglund, North Central receiver TJ McWilliams and Westfield safety Dillon Thieneman are currently part of Purdue’s 19-player class.

McWilliams told IndyStar he and his family were still processing the news before making a decision on what's next.

But recruiting classes can change. Just like coaches. Burhenn assumed Brohm would be back after Tuesday’s meeting.

“That’s exactly what I thought after talking to him and the other coaches,” Burhenn said.

Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.

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