"It's really been exciting. I've been sitting down the past few days with my parents and discussing stuff. It is hard to narrow it down this early, but I know I want to be committed before my summer is over," Purtz said. "It'll take the pressure off me, my team, and my coaches because they just want to concentrate on the season rather than being distracted talking to college coaches."
"One factor in my decision is the opportunity to enroll early. I am scheduled to graduate in January, and I want to participate in spring practice wherever I play. Right now I'm hearing from pretty much all of the Ivy League, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, Arizona, Cal, Stanford, Fresno State, Michigan St., Colorado, Texas, Air Force (family ties), Texas A&M, Northwestern and Notre Dame."
"It's kind of early to have favorites, but I can tell you the conferences that I am looking at. I'm really willing to go out of state if the California schools don't recruit me like I am hoping they will. Besides the Pac 10, I'm interested in the Big 10, Big 12 and the SEC."
Purtz to date, though, hasn't received any offers. "I haven't gotten any offers yet since a lot of schools are waiting to see my highlight film, and I'm working on getting them out right now," he said. "I hope to get some offers after they see the film. A couple days ago I received a hand-written letter from Kelly Skipper at UCLA, so they're really getting in it too."
Purtz attended the USC junior day and was impressed with the aggressiveness of the coaching staff. Purtz's former teammate and close friend is USC freshman FB Brandon Hancock, who Purtz indicated could be an influence in his decision.
He intends to go to many camps and team camps this spring to get exposure and to help make his decision quickly. "I'm going to Stanford this weekend to watch practice and meet some of the coaches, and then I'm going to the Palo Alto Nike Camp on May 18," Purtz said. "As far as school camps it is really undecided, as I have received about 30 camp invitations. I'll probably go to USC's one-day camp and Stanford's two-day camp. I may go out to Texas or Texas A&M as well."
Once school is over Purtz intends to spend much of the summer on the road taking unofficial visits to schools. "I'm going to be checking out a lot of campuses this summer. You kind of get a vibe from the schools if they're really into you or not."
Purtz has been doing off-season agility and conditioning training with Mark Molthen, who has worked with a number of college and pro athletes. "It has been helping me a lot, especially with quickness drills."
As a junior, Purtz had 104 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and seven sacks. "This past season I played more of an outside linebacker/rush end position, but I will play linebacker in college. This season I may play a little fullback as well." Purtz carries a 3.83 GPA and scored an 1100 on the SAT, which he intends to retake.