Virginia Tech remains the clear favorite for one of the most talented and versatile prospects in the state of Virginia. Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) running back/defensive back Purnell Sturdivant has listed the Hokies as his favorite for a few months, and continued to do so in an interview last night.
“Virginia Tech is still my favorite,” Sturdivant said. “I just like the program itself, and I was really impressed by what Kevin Jones did this season. I was thinking that could be me out there.”
Virginia Tech is recruiting Sturdivant as an athlete who can play many positions. He starred at running back and linebacker throughout his Lake Taylor career, and could play running back, linebacker, or defensive back on the next level.
In terms of where he would play at Virginia Tech, rover may be the most likely position.
“Rover is the main position they talk to me about, but Coach Stinespring says they could play me all over the field,” Sturdivant said. “I could possibly be the next DeAngelo Hall.”
Sturdivant recently set up his official visit to Virginia Tech. He will make a visit to NC State as well, and it appears those will be the only two trips he makes.
“I’m visiting Virginia Tech on the third weekend in January…January 16th through the 18th,” Sturdivant said. “My coach says he is going to set up a visit to NC State for between now and January 16th. I’m going to take the NC State visit, but I already have my mind made up…I know where I want to go.”
Lake Taylor’s season ended with a first-round loss to Indian River in the playoffs. Despite the setback, Sturdivant felt he had an excellent senior season, as he had an opportunity to assume a leadership role and teach the younger players. It was a role he enjoyed throughout the year.
“My season went great,” Sturdivant said. “I made sure some players who needed help got it. Like there was one young player who I was on all the time at first, but I calmed down and took him under my wing. I helped him along throughout the season. We could have done better against Indian River, but overall the season was really good.”
A good student, Sturdivant is on track to qualify academically. He wants to major in either Physical Therapy or Computer Engineering.
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