Sturdivant to Visit This Weekend

OAKBORO, N.C. --- Since the dust settled from North Carolina's big unofficial visit weekend in mid-July, there has been speculation that Quan Sturdivant could be the next to pull the trigger with a verbal commitment. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound jumbo athlete might make the move as early as next weekend.

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    "I'm going to Chapel Hill next weekend [August 12th]," said Sturdivant. "Maybe [I'll commit during my visit], but it's not really the plan."

    Sturdivant, who hopes to have his college decision out of the way before the start of his senior season, says Florida is the only school that poses a challenge for the Tar Heels.

    "[I like] the tradition," said Sturdivant of the Gators. "They always play for at least the conference title, but sometimes a national championship. It's a good program."

    However, Sturdivant recognizes North Carolina as the better match for him.

    "[I like] just the coaches and the program's going in the right directions," said Sturdivant. "It would be an overall good fit for me."

    Sturdivant's fondness of the Tar Heels' coaching staff begins and ends with his primary recruiter, Dave Brock.

    "Coach Brock, that's my man," said Sturdivant. "He texts about every day; every now and then I'll talk to him over the phone. We just talk about life in general really – see how I'm doing, see how he's doing, he has his family doing, see how my family is doing."

    Although Sturdivant stars at quarterback for Oakboro (N.C.) West Stanly, he'll likely play linebacker at the collegiate level.

    "I'll probably end up playing defense in college – probably linebacker," said Sturdivant.

    West Stanly head football coach Rich Williams agrees.

    "Most colleges are recruiting him as either an athlete or as a defensive player," said Williams. "I think he could play quarterback in college at that level, but I think most colleges think that he could be better on the defensive side of the ball. I'd say strong safety or outside linebacker would be my guess."

    In West Stanly's multiple formation offense, Sturdivant is a major weapon.

    "He's both [a runner and a passer] – he'll run the ball and he'll pass the ball," said Williams. "The biggest thing we try to do is get him moving and try to make defenses commit to him by either covering the pass or him running. With the complement of the other receivers and running backs we got, it really works well in our scheme."

    In addition to his quarterbacking duties, Sturdivant will see more time on defense during his final season.

    "He played some defense last year, he's going to play a bunch this year," said Williams. "He'll start at safety and he'll get breathers as needed – especially early, and hopefully by the end of the year he'll be playing full time."

    On his way to Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year and All-Conference honors, Sturdivant completed 99-of-179 passes (55%) for 1,794 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, and rushed 111 times for 745 yards (6.7-yard average). On defense he accumulated 12 tackles (4 solo), an interception and two pass breakups.

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