2014 New Bern High School safety/cornerback Cody Purdie is a promising defensive back and a solid commitment for the 2014 Pirate class. He's been to ECU multiple times and says his frequent visits to the area helped in his decision.
"I went to Kevin Young Rehabilitation Center in Greenville," Purdie said. "Every time I'd go I would stop by the campus and I learned more and more positive things. That helped me make the decision, I've probably been out there seven or eight times.
The commitment was a family affair for Purdie and he had multiple family members in town. He went to campus with his parents and made his commitment while he was there, it was a surprise to his parents and the coaches.
"I'm really confident in my decision," he said. "It's a weight off my shoulders knowing I'm going to play division one football, but I still go out there and grind. I'm just going to focus on next season; my decision motivates me more for when I arrive. I know the hard work is paying off."
Purdie went to rehab for a sports hernia, but he said he's feeling better and ready to get back to playing next season.
"I still grind as far as training goes," Purdie said. "With my injury I didn't know what it was at first so I couldn't play all four quarters because of the pain. The pain has gone away since I've started going to Dr. Young. I want to get back and be consistent next season."
ECU's future move to the America Athletic Conference in 2014 has enticed more recruits to play at the school. Purdie admitted it helped him make his decision.
"The conference move showed me the program is in the making," he said. "I was talking with head coach Ruffin McNeill, he said the program is a family and will climb the mountain together. It sounds like they're building successfully and have a great future. I saw they gave him (McNeill) a contract extension, which means there is a good chance everyone will be there while I'm there."
Playing the safety position and cornerback in high school has been an easy combination for Purdie. However, the Pirates say they will play him at safety. They just haven't decided whether he'll be at free-safety or strong-safety yet.
Purdie has a good idea about how he plans to take in his first year in the Pirate Nation.
"I want to start out getting to know the school," he said. "Getting the grades and getting used to the college schedule is a big deal. I want to get out on the field as well and come out being a young leader as I learn. I also want to play a role on the team and make myself known by playing hard and being aggressive."
Early enrollment is the move for Purdie, he will enroll at ECU in January 2014. He said it's something he's always planned on doing.
"Since sophomore year I knew," Purdie said. "I heard from past experience and older guys it was the best thing to do. It will help me get used to the school and campus before the fall that way I don't have to try to juggle classes and football all at once."
Purdie hasn't arrived on campus yet, but feels the love from the Pirate Nation already. He's excited to get to his future school.
"It feels good to see the love already," he said. "It just shows they have a big fan base to go along with the great coaches and nice team."