BISMARCK — After a sterling career at Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin, senior running back Caleb Lahey made his decision on his future.

Lahey, the 2018 Commercial-News Football Player of the Year, signed a letter of intent to play for Purdue University on Wednesday, ending a process of deciding between schools and fulfilling a dream.

“It’s been a big dream of mine to play Division I,” Lahey said. “Starting in the seventh grade, I always wanted to go out and play and take my game to the next level.”

Lahey had been looking at schools since his junior year and narrowed down to Purdue, Tennessee, Western Illinois, Vanderbilt, Aurora, Valparaiso and Illinois State before choosing the Boilermakers.

“It was just the atmosphere when I went there for a camp was great,” Lahey said. “I saw a game there and I was able to talk to the players and the coaches and they were so welcoming.”

Camps in certain schools were also a factor in the other schools for Lahey.

“I was always going to camps and it was a chance to go to the schools, talk to the coaches and get my name out there,” Lahey said.

In the end, a second visit to West Lafayette was the key that he needed.

“I went down there on Saturday to see the coaches and the facilities just to see if we were still interested in going,” Lahey said.

Not only did Lahey’s work pay off with the signing, but the work of his parents — father Ed Lahey, mother Heather Walsh and stepmother Paula Lahey — also paid off as well.

“My dad has always been a hard worker and he has pushed me to train every day,” Caleb Lahey said. “Paula has always done the dirty work of taking me to camps and my mother has always been very supportive of me.”

Now with the signing done, it is workouts and track for Lahey as the BHRA track season is set to start in March.

“Right now, my coach has sent me workouts for me to do and I am just waiting for him to see what he wants me to do,” Lahey said. “I will be doing the shot put and the 100 yard dash for track again and I am excited for that.”

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