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Once Purdue offered, it didn't take Chase Triplett long to decide.

The day after the Boilermakers extended a scholarship to the Michigan City junior, he accepted.

"I wanted to hammer down and boiler up," Triplett said Monday night. "I went there and I truly fell in love with the place. The coaching staff is amazing. The academics speaks for itself. The team is really on the rise. I have a great opportunity to be successful there in my position."

A 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker, Triplett racked up 140 tackles with 90 solos, both of which led the team, to go with five tackles for loss and two sacks for the Class 5A regional champion Wolves.

"I was always hoping to commit before my senior year so I wouldn't have to worry about where I was going to go to school," he said. "When the opportunity came, I was ready to grab it and go. Now I can just concentrate on leading our team to a state championship."

Purdue began showing an interest in Triplett last summer with defensive line coach Reggie Johnson recruiting him. Triplett followed the Boilermakers this season, watching head coach Jeff Brohm spur a turnaround in his first year in which the team won seven games, including the Foster Farms Bowl against Arizona.

"I loved what they did this year," Trilpett said. "The changes they're going through, it feels like what we did here at Michigan City with a new coach (Phil Mason). It had an effect on my decision."

Triplett is also cousins with former Boilermaker Mike Neal (Merrillville). He spoke Monday to future teammate George Karlaftis of West Lafayette, a four-star junior defensive end who kicked off Purdue's 2019 class with a bang.

"You're going to see a big change coming in Purdue football very soon," Triplett said. "I wanted to try to get on board with it."

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Jim was keeping standings on his chalkboard from the time he could print and keeping kickball stats in grade school at St. Bridget's. He covers all manner of prep sports for The Times and is a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan.