A lot of colleges loved Rondale Moore as a high school recruit. The wide receiver had the opportunity to play football pretty much wherever he wanted.
It was somewhat surprising, then, when the speedy four-star wide receiver flipped his commitment from Texas to Purdue, even picking the Boilermakers over B1G foe Ohio State. It was a decision a lot of people questioned.
One year later, after leading the B1G in receiving yards, taking home the conference’s Freshman and Wide Receiver of the Year honors and totaling more receptions than anyone in college football, Moore’s decision certainly appears to be the right one. Now, he’s the foundation of a program trying to become a consistent contender in the West.
But why did Moore pick Purdue in the first place? The wide receiver says his heart was in West Lafayette.
“At the end of the day, Purdue was where my heart was, and that was where I wanted to go,” Moore told Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors at B1G Media Days. “Who I wanted to be surrounded by day by day. The culture we were building. I wanted to leave a legacy. I wanted the chance to play early and everything. So just all the little things that mattered to me the most that I wrote down on a piece of paper, they were checking everything off.”
Moore reaped the benefits of picking Purdue over Ohio State, as well as the opportunity to make an immediate impact. In his first college game with the Boilermakers, Moore set a new program record for all-purpose yards in a single game (313). Midway through the season, he helped Purdue to an upset victory over the No. 2 Buckeyes.
Though places like Ohio State certainly have their allure, Purdue was the right decision for Moore. His college career is off to an incredible start in West Lafayette.