Sturdivant, a 6-foot-3 220-pound jumbo athlete, narrowed his list of schools down to North Carolina and Florida before the end of summer and then took official visits to both schools.
"I just felt that [Florida] was the place I wanted to be," said Sturdivant.
The commitment came weeks after UNC announced that John Bunting would be relieved of his head coaching duties following the season.
"[The coaching change] hurt a little bit, it did a little bit," said Sturdivant. "I built a good relationship with the people at North Carolina. It's going to be hard to rebuild that relationship with the new coach. I just felt comfortable with the [old] situation [at UNC] – Coach Bunting and all the great people."
Sturdivant, who still remains in contact with his primary recruiter at UNC, Dave Brock, isn't sure if he'll look back into North Carolina once the new staff is in place.
"I haven't really thought about that yet – probably not," said Sturdivant. "Coach Brock said [UNC] is a good fit for me [regardless of who is coach], because I'm a Carolina type of guy."
Friday, Sturdivant leads West Stanly into the second round of the NCHSAA 2AA Playoffs against Marshville (N.C.) Forest Hills. From his quarterback position, Sturdivant has guided West Stanly to a 9-3 record.