Five-star prospect garnering interest

Gamecock Anthem caught up with 2013 top-5 recruit Rodney Purvis to talk about his process. The Raleigh, N.C. star spoke about his new offers, his recruitment and decision to not transfer schools.

If a certain song summed up Rodney Purvis, "Loyalty" would be it.

A national sensation since eighth grade, Purvis has chosen to stay at his high school, Upper Room (N.C.) over transferring to local powerhouse Word of God — which has produced two back-to-back all-Americans in John Wall and C.J. Leslie.

The question at this point is why?

"Well, I started off my freshman year at Upper Room and loyalty is big to me," Purvis said. "I just want to help them. After helping starting them in the ninth grade, I want to stay all the way out."

Yet, it seems like it'd be hard for a kid to remain humble that claims offers from South Carolina, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Virginia, VCU, Baylor, Xavier, Georgia Tech and Maryland.

Purvis also states that Louisville, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas are all showing interest as well.

The 6-foot-3 guard is open and is listening to coaches as he really hasn't set up a timetable or true blue print at this stage in his recruitment.

"As of right now, I haven't really thought about it," he said of his recruitment process. "I'm just enjoying the whole experience.

"Obviously I have to take some visits because a coach can talk you to death about their school and its facilities, but you have to see it for yourself."

Purvis gained a new offer even as recently as last Friday, and it probably won't be his last.

"I called him," Purvis said of South Carolina coach Darrin Horn. "It went really well. He's been watching me for a minute now, and we just talked a little bit about campus and their style of play and his experience with different players.

"He was basically saying, knowing that I'm going to transition into a point guard, I have a feel for their style of play. He lets their guards get out and play as long as they play defense."

Purvis is a talent in the open court, and says he suits a style of play like the Gamecocks.

"I got a good feel for their style of play from watching them play a couple of games last season," he said.

As far as the start of his sophomore year, he was happy to be back at school and things were going well for him.

"I'm not focusing on me, but I'm focusing on my transition to the point guard spot," he said. "And my focus is also on my high school teammates and helping them get scholarships."

Upper Room is an upstart high school that started last year with just freshman before raising this year to sophomores.

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