Tech Targeting Lake Taylor Star

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Lake Taylor High School’s (Norfolk, VA) Purnell Sturdivant has made no secret in recent months which school is his favorite…the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Sturdivant likes the program as a whole and, more importantly to him, feels that the Hokies are showing the most interest.

“Virginia Tech is still my leader,” said Sturdivant last night. “Coach Stinespring actually called tonight to ask how me and my family were doing. I just like the coaches and the entire program. They have shown the most interest in me, and that’s another reason why I like them so much. They call me and write to me more than any other school. In fact, Coach Stinespring is going to come to my game this Friday.”

Though the 5-11, 215 pound Sturdivant plays running back and linebacker for Lake Taylor, he would likely play the rover position if he chooses Virginia Tech. Other schools are looking at him as a strong safety prospect because of his size and athleticism. He possesses a 44″ vertical leap and runs a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash.

In addition to Virginia Tech, Sturdivant says he has received scholarship offers from NC State, North Carolina, Maryland, and Syracuse. Tennessee and Michigan are starting to show more interest. The Wolfpack, Volunteers, and Wolverines are other schools Sturdivant is considering.

“Other schools I’m thinking about are NC State, Tennessee, and Michigan,” said Sturdivant. “I’m still going to take my visits. I haven’t set any official visits because I’m waiting for my coach to do that. I want to go to the Virginia Tech/Miami game but I don’t know if I can yet.”

Through six games (Lake Taylor has a 5-1 record), Sturdivant has amassed around 765 yards rushing and scored 11 touchdowns. On defense, he has made 56 tackles. The leader of his team, Sturdivant relishes playing on both sides of the ball.

“It’s fun playing both ways,” said Sturdivant. “Basically, I just want to be out there for my teammates. I love to get the guys pumped up on both sides. I keep them encouraged.

“This year, I mostly want to be there for the defense. We have a lot of young defensive backs and I have to show them the way. I think we are good enough to make the playoffs, but our defense is my main concern right now.”