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<b>Purnell Sturdivant</b> hails from the same Virginia high school as Terrell Golden, the outstanding wide-receiver who will most likely redshirt at Penn State this fall. Sturdivant names his favorites. How interested is he in joining his former teammate in Happy Valley?

Name: Purnell Sturdivant
Position: LB, RB, S
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 210 pounds
40 Yard Dash: 4.42 seconds (at a Lake Taylor combine)
School: Norfolk, VA (Lake Taylor HS)

"All together, I'd say about 15, 16," Purnell replied when asked for a count of scholarship offers. "I don't really know all of them exactly, but my coach told me I had about 15 or 16 of them."

He listed Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Michigan Syracuse, Clemson and Penn State as having offered.

The only college campuses he's visited so far are North Carolina State's, last year for a game against Massachusetts, and Penn State's, where he attended summer camp the past 2 years.

His two favorites right now are N.C. State and Virginia Tech. What does he like about each?

N.C. State: "Just the program. I like the atmosphere and stuff. Mainly, because it's kind of close to home. My mom wants to be able to come to my games."

Virginia Tech: "It's about the same. Plus, a player from Lake Taylor, Ronyell Whitaker, gave me some tips about the school. He says they have a great coaching staff. And, mainly because it's close to home. I'll sacrifice being away from home so my mom can come to my games."

Sturdivant's former teammate, Terrell Golden, is now a freshman at Penn State. Does the two still talk?

"Sometimes, he's still trying to get me to go to Penn State, but I'm not too sure about that. It's okay, but I would say the reason I'm not interested that much is logistics, how far it is. It's about 7 or 8 hours [away].

"It's my parents, it's not me. They want to be able to come to my games. She (his mother) is not going to be able to travel that far. Well, she doesn't want to, so I'm sacrificing this for her."

Who has he heard from this month?

"Mainly Virginia Tech, they called the other night. Also, Syracuse, East Carolina, but mostly Virginia Tech. They call the most."

N.C. State has not called yet this month. Penn State assistant coach Bill Kenney has called to talk with the Virginia athlete.

Purnell is capable of playing a few different positions at the next level.

"Virginia Tech wants to play me at running back, linebacker and strong safety. They have quite a few positions for me. Penn State wants to move me from linebacker to strong safety."

N.C. State is recruiting him to play either running back or linebacker. He admitted to having a preference.

"Strong safety. I want to stay on defense, and I think the best possibility of being the good player that I could be would be at strong safety instead of linebacker."

Penn State, though, appears to be on the outside looking in as long as distance to a prospective school is of high importance.

"They're not out of it, but I'm pretty sure I won't be going there."

Lake Taylor is currently 3-0. Sturdivant estimated that he has rushed for approximately 400 yards including 4 or 5 touchdowns and tallied 38 tackles.

Purnell, who believes he will make his final decision after his senior season, hopes to start taking some visits soon.

"As soon as my coach sets them up. I'm still working with him."

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