Virginia Tech landed its 18th verbal commitment of the 2004 class, when Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) athlete Purnell Sturdivant pledged to the Hokies. According to Sturdivant, he informed the Tech coaches during a Saturday dinner.
“I’ve committed to Virginia Tech,” Sturdivant said. “It was exciting. We were at dinner last night, and I told Coach Stinespring. He called over Coach Beamer, and then I told them both that I wanted to officially commit to Virginia Tech.”
Tech has been Sturdivant’s leader for quite some time, so it’s no surprise that he verbally committed this weekend. The opportunity for early playing time is one of the main reasons he chose the Hokies.
“Virginia Tech was the school showing the most interest in me,” Sturdivant said. “So I think there’s a better chance of me getting on the field earlier there than anywhere else.”
The 5-11, 205 pound Sturdivant is being recruited as an athlete, as he can play safety, linebacker, or even running back if necessary.
“They were talking to me mostly about playing safety or outside linebacker,” Sturdivant said. “But I also talked to the running backs coach, so there are a lot of options for me.”
This weekend, he was hosted by freshman linebacker Vince Hall, who hails from Chesapeake, Virginia. The official visit basically sealed Sturdivant’s final decision.
“It was fun,” Sturdivant said of his official visit. “It was a little cold, but I still had a good time. It felt like I was at home. There were a lot of guys that I knew from this area like Vince Hall.”
Sturdivant is a good student as well, as he carries over a 3.0 grade point average. He should easily qualify academically. He hopes to major in Physical Therapy at Virginia Tech.
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