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Blake Bortles says Purdue wanted him to play tight end (Video)

Nick Bromberg
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Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Hey Purdue fans, your team could have had Blake Bortles. He just wouldn't have been playing quarterback.

Bortles, the former Central Florida quarterback, was on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday and said his biggest scholarship offer was from Purdue. And the Boilermakers and then-coach Danny Hope wanted him to play tight end.

Purdue wasn't the only school that wanted Bortles to switch positions either. Tulane wasn't recruiting him as a quarterback, either.

After a 12-1 season, American Athletic Conference title and a Fiesta Bowl win, Bortles is one of the top quarterbacks available in the 2014 NFL Draft and a candidate to be taken by the Houston Texans with No. 1 overall pick. So yes, we can say with authority once again that recruiting is an inexact science.

In case you were wondering, in Bortles' four seasons at UCF, the Knights went 38-14 (he redshirted his freshman year.) Purdue has 35 wins in the last seven seasons. Given the struggles of 1-11 Purdue last year, don't you think their total would be a little higher if Bortles played quarterback for the Boilermakers?

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