New Bern safety and 2014 ECU commit Cody Purdie is ready to start that process. He has elected to early enroll at ECU and will become a Pirate in less than a week.
"I'm excited," said the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Purdie. "I've been waiting on this day for months and most of all I feel it's a step closer to getting prepared and training for the start of my college career."
Jan. 9 is the exact date that Purdie will arrive on campus. With school getting back in session for the spring semester and classes starting Jan. 13, he will have a little over a week to get acclimated.
Purdie plans to study physical therapy and mentioned getting a great start on his schoolwork is the biggest thing he's looking forward to when he arrives. His personal standards are high when it comes to schoolwork and he believes ECU will help him achieve even more.
"I feel like most of all I can finally be revolved around a hard-working group of people on and off the field," said Purdie. "I'm excited to start meeting great individuals who are studying and striving to be someone special in life."
Leaving friends and family is one of the toughest parts of the high school to college transition.
Purdie mentioned his friends have adopted a "good luck-type" mindset for him with constant support during his journey. On top of that, New Bern High School has agreed to let him walk across the stage with his classmates on graduation day.
Playing mostly offense this season for New Bern Purdie racked up close to 1,500 yards on the ground. He believes his knowledge of the game has improved due to his versatility.
"The part of my game that I've improved most on since the season is my football IQ," said Purdie. "My cover skills have improved as well. I look to be smarter at the safety position and to keep playing hard."