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Stanhope Elmore defensive end commits future to Big Ten

Stanhope Elmore senior defensive end KJ Stokes commits to Purdue (Source: WSFA 12 News) Stanhope Elmore senior defensive end KJ Stokes commits to Purdue (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) -

A majority of kids in the South have their eye on a school close to home, an SEC or ACC program, but Stanhope Elmore defensive end KJ Stokes is all in on the Big Ten after committing to Purdue over the weekend.

"Purdue is a top academic school, and so it really drove me a lot that I'll be getting a good education and also playing at a top-tier level in college football," KJ Stokes said.

Purdue is in a new era under the direction of first-year head coach Jeff Brohm. He's hit recruiting on head first and Stokes likes his fresh mentality.

"I like him. I like his mentality trying to come in and change the program around. He's coming with big things this year," Stokes said.

KJ's Dad Kelvin Stokes is the defensive line coach at Stanhope, and plays more of the father role on the recruiting trail with his son and tries to leave the coaching whistle in the office. 

"We're looking forward to building and being a part of his first recruiting class, That was major and just what he's wanting to do with KJ and the whole outlook of it," said Kelvin Stokes.

Stokes is predominately slated at defensive end and after getting a taste of outside linebacker last year he shows his versatility and ability to tackle in the open field. 

"He's a big guy. He's 6'3" 245 right now so he's gonna grow. Evidently he may be that 5-technique, maybe even go inside to a 3-technique," said Coach Stokes.

KJ talks about his strength as a defensive end and what he brings to the table.

"My speed off the ball. To be able to be as big as I am, and be good in open field tackling, and open space and all that," Stokes said.

For now the rising senior is focused on his senior year with the Mustangs while continuing to impress Boilermaker coaches from a distance. 

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