Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) star running back/linebacker Purnell Sturdivant knows he is talented. At 5-11, 225 pounds, he can run a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash and is effective on both sides of the ball.
Still, he has been surprised at the interest he has received from Division I-A programs.
“Everything’s going great,” said Sturdivant, who has received written offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, Syracuse, and Maryland. Michigan State, NC State, and East Carolina are showing interest. “I didn’t think I would be recruited this much.”
Athleticism, versatility, and talent tend to draw serious interest from college coaches. With his speed and strength, Sturdivant has the ability to play running back, fullback, linebacker, or safety on the next level.
Many coaches are calling, but only one stands out right now – Virginia Tech. In fact, the Hokies are now the strong favorite.
“I might be committing to Virginia Tech,” said Sturdivant. “They are close to home, I like the school, and they said I could get a lot of playing time at about five different positions. They said I could play running back, inside or outside linebacker, strong safety, and even return some kicks.
“I’m still going to wait to decide until after the season though. I’m still considering NC State.”
Sturdivant plans on attending some Virginia Tech football games, however does not know which ones yet. He will likely make an official visit or two as well.
“I haven’t patted down any official visit dates yet,” said Sturdivant. “I’m waiting to talk with my coach [Hank Sawyer] about that. I want to checkout some Virginia Tech games this season [on unofficial trips].”
Sturdivant was restricted in Lake Taylor’s opening week victory, only playing on defense and only playing in the fourth quarter. In last week’s 26-12 win over Nansemond River, he rushed 17 times for 88 yards and one touchdown in muddy conditions. Sturdivant believes he could have done better, but was satisfied with the victory.
“I played ok,” said Sturdivant. “It was muddy out there, so I could have done a lot better. All in all, we played pretty well though.”
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