The firing of Purdue coach Danny Hope might have some Boilermaker recruits wondering about their college futures, but three-star wide receiver Myles Norwood (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep) said he doesn’t have any plans of looking elsewhere to play football.
Norwood said Hope’s firing after four seasons was something of a surprise, but he is still solid with his commitment to the program. Hope was let go after the Boilermakers’ 6-6 season in 2012 and Hope’s 22-27 record in four seasons at Purdue. Hope was fired despite winning his last three games.
“I was a little shocked, but it’s a business,” said Norwood, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver. “Coach Hope was a guy who recruited me, and I felt a connection with him. It was a business decision; it is what it is.”
Norwood, who was recruited to Purdue primarily by running backs coach Cornell Jackson, said that while he’s committed, he will keep all options open. Norwood has picked up offers from North Texas, Washington State and UNLV since his commitment to Purdue in July. Norwood additionally has received interest from Oklahoma, Tulsa and Western Kentucky.
“I still love everything about Purdue,” Norwood said. “Coach Hope getting fired doesn’t change a lot, but it does put some things in perspective. I’ll still keep my options open, but I’m still very much committed to the school. I love it there.”
Norwood visited Purdue on his one and only official visit the weekend of Nov. 3, when the Boilermakers played Penn State. Norwood said he will consider taking a couple of visits down the road.
Norwood was the leading rusher for Grace Prep all season, accounting for 612 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes, one for a touchdown.