Meet Delvon Purvis, Who Will Walk-On at SJSU

It was reported earlier that wide receiver/defensive back Delvon Purvis of Jordan High School in Los Angeles would walk-on at San Jose State. Inside Sparta spoke on Monday with Purvis and Jordan head coach Elijah Asante, and both confirmed the news.

Delvon Purvis of Jordan High School in Los Angeles describes himself as a playmaker, someone who can make a difference on the football field. When a reporter happened to be present during a recruiting visit by the University of Washington - a violation of NCAA bylaw 13.10.1, which states that that "a member institution shall not permit a media entity to be present during any recruiting contact made by an institution's coaching staff member" - his chance at a scholarship from the Huskies evaporated. Washington's loss is San Jose State's gain as Purvis has made the decision to attend SJSU, and walk-on to the football team.

"I got accepted academically and I'm enrolled," the soft-spoken Purvis said. "I decided to go to San Jose State because they have a good architecture program and a good football team."

After Washington ended its recruitment of Purvis, Mid-American Conference powerhouse Ball State jumped into the picture, but nothing ever came of that. In the end, Purvis's decision came down to two WAC schools.

"It was between Fresno State and San Jose State," he said. "The architecture program made the difference."

Jordan head coach Elijah Asante said the Spartans got a steal. "He's a great receiver, definitely a (Football Bowl Subdivision) player," Asante said. "He was captain of our team and great in the classroom, and he was All-City three years."

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Purvis will be joined at San Jose State by Jordan teammate Brandon Caldwell, who will also walk-on. Purvis said the two made the decision together.

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