NoCal NIKE camp update - Chris Purtz

There were lots of top linebackers to choose from - Long Beach Poly's dynamic duo of Brian Banks and Mark Washington, for starters. But Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West's Chris Purtz just might have been the best at last Saturday's NoCal NIKE camp at Stanford.

At 6-2 and 220-pounds, Purtz ran an impressive 4.53 40, an equally impressive 4.14 shuttle, repped 185 pounds 25 times and vertically jumped 32 inches. Those numbers look somewhat similar to those put up by another Clovis West player last year - USC signee Brandon Hancock.

"The competition was second to none," Purtz told last Saturday. "I love the competition. The drills they did help me a lot. I thought it was going to be more of a recruiting thing, but they put us into groups and actually taught us some stuff. It was great. And it's football, so it was fun."

Chris doesn't have any offers yet, but he feels like his day at Palo Alto was well spent and could pay dividends down the road. "My coach told me that this should push things over the edge," said Purtz. "I think I showed that I was one of the best out there, so hopefully I can start getting some scholarship offers."

Stanford, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona and UNLV are just a handful of the schools expressing interest in Purtz. "There's a whole bunch of other ones right now but this is all blowing my mind," he said. "I got invited to junior days at Stanford, USC, Michigan State, Princeton, Notre Dame and Arizona State...there's about 15 schools there, but I can't remember all of them right now."

Any favorites? "I thought about having favorites, but nobody has offered a scholarship so once people start offering I can nail it down and get some favorites," he said. "The schools that are recruiting me the hardest are the ones I want to be loyal to at the end."

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