Purnell Sturdivant is one of the more exciting players in the state of Virginia, and his teammates feed off of his energy. The Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) standout linebacker/running back is the energizer to one of the state’s top defenses.
The 5-11, 215 pound Sturdivant hopes to continue pumping up his teammates throughout his senior season.
“As a linebacker, I love to hit,” said Sturdivant. “It’s a feeling of excitement when I hit someone. I get chills. It gets me and my teammates pumped up. I like to get my teammates pumped up.”
As a running back, Sturdivant is a tough, fast runner who could end up as a fullback on the next level. More likely, however, his position in college will be on defense, either as a linebacker or a strong safety.
He has the speed to easily adjust to safety.
“It wouldn’t be that big of an adjustment for me,” said Sturdivant, who runs a 4.4/4.5 in the 40 yard dash. “I’m confident I could do it. [As a linebacker for Lake Taylor] I cover running backs and wide receivers all the time. I drop back 15 yards on passing situations. I can play the run or the pass equally.”
The versatile Sturdivant has garnered quite a bit of attention from Division I programs. He has received interest from Penn State, UNC, NC State, Maryland, Tennessee, Clemson, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech.
He has offers from Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Clemson, and Virginia Tech with four favorites.
“My top four are Tennessee, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Penn State,” said Sturdivant. “There was a rumor going around that I did not like Virginia Tech but that’s not true. I do like them.”
Though the Hokies currently make the top four, Sturdivant may want to head out of state.
“I mostly would like to go out of state,” said Sturdivant. “Most of the players around here want to either go to Virginia or Virginia Tech, but I want to go down my own path. I want to go somewhere else and make myself known there.
“I will look at every school equally though. Playing time will matter a lot to me. I want to play my first year. If, for example, I can play early at Virginia Tech and not somewhere else, I may choose Virginia Tech.”
According to Sturdivant, the Hokies have said they like him as a linebacker although “I think they may switch me to safety.” He would like to take his official visits following his senior season.