"Yes sir I committed. It has all happened so fast I am not even sure how you found out about this because I just committed this morning at about 11:00 am. But it's true, I called Coach Tibesar and told him that I wanted to commit," Purvis told KStateFans this evening.
At 6-feet tall and 175-170 pounds with 4.4 speed, Purvis said he grew up a Nebraska Cornhusker fan but a Kansas State offer was too much to pass up.
"I knew I wanted to go to Kansas State. I have been down there before and I know what they are all about and I told myself if they offered I was going to commit right then. Coach Tibesar actually offered me this morning at about 10:30 and told me that it was really a first come first serve basis at this time with recruiting and signing day and I did not want to wait. This has happened all so fast but I knew if they offered I was going (to K-State)."
Purvis who has tripped to Manhattan before, says he will take his official visit to Kansas State this weekend and will talk to Coach Prince and staff about his future on the field.
"I have not really spoken to Coach about specifics, where I will play and how they will use me. I guess I will talk to them this weekend about that. I know already how they play football down there and the style of football they play and I am excited to be a part of that," said Purvis.
Tony says his strength is his ability to play lock-down corner and he is looking forward to restoring the tradition at defense that K-State is known for in college football.
"K-State has been down a little and I am looking forward to being a part of bringing that tradition back. They have a great class, I mean they have a bunch of really good players coming in that they have recruited and I am glad to be a part of that. I am excited to meet with the coaches and talk to them more in specifics this weekend but I could not let this opportunity pass me by.
Purvis he says he has more room to grow into his frame, mentioned that team is first and then wherever the coaches would like him to play, he will play.
"I am probably done growing but I have room to grow out. Right now I think I could throw on another 20 pounds no problem and not even feel it. As far as playing, I am not sure if they want to shirt or not but I will do whatever is best for the team. If they need me to play special teams or whatever, I will just whatever they need me to do. I am more of a lockdown corner. I mean I can play run support but my style is more to play lockdown and cover on their receivers."
Having grown up a Husker fan, Purvis says that leaving the state is not a problem and he is looking forward to playing against the home team.
"You know I grew up a husker fan but they just never really recruited me hard. I guess I just want to show them what a huge mistake that was. Going outside of the state to play is not really a big deal for me, I am looking forward to playing at Kansas State and letting them (Nebraska) know they should have never let me get away. I knew right away that I was going to commit if they offered and right now I am just really happy."
As far as recruiting goes, Tony says he is done and will sign with K-State.
"That's it for me. I am committed to Kansas State and just looking forward to my trip this weekend."
Purvis who carries a mid 3.0 gpa chose the Cats over serious contention from Idaho.
We will continue to follow this story following Tony's visit to Manhattan this weekend.
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