Earlier in the season, Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic three-star tight end Ryan Purvis had narrowed his college choices to three, but wanted to visit all three before making a decision. Visit No. 1 is now in the books, and although he thoroughly enjoyed the trip, he is sticking to his original plan and will visit his other favorites next month.
Over the weekend, the highly touted tight end took his first visit to the west coast, where he visited the UCLA campus. He had been high on the Bruins, but his only previous contact had been by phone. He was not disappointed in what he saw.
“I just got back, and I really enjoyed it,” commented the 6-foot-5, 235 pound prospect. “I rate it a 10. I had such a good time.
“I had a good trip. It is a great program academically, and they have a great tradition. There is not much you can’t like. The city is clean and the campus is beautiful.” Purvis was hosted by UCLA tight end Keith Carter, which was a good strategic move on the Bruin’s part.
“Keith was a great guy,” Ryan said. “He is from this area, and gave me some good advice. He laid things out for me.” He was also impressed with UCLA’s coaching staff.
“I really like tight end coach, Coach Bernardi,” he explained. “I really got to meet him and his family, and they really seem like genuine people.”
Although he enjoyed his trip, Ryan wants to pursue all possibilities before making a decision
“It was my first visit,” he said. “I want to take all of them and see what I like about each one.” He will travel to Pitt on Oct. 11 (he said he is not sure whether this will be official or not, but he is going either way) and to Boston College on Oct. 24. West Virginia is also a possibility.
Rated as the No. 11 tight end in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 60 prospect on the Atlantic East Amazing 80, Purvis has offers from all of his top three, along with West Virginia and Toledo, and will most likely make a decision soon after his visits are completed.
He was an all-conference selection as a junior with 25 passes, and had nine more through the first two games this year. He is an excellent student with a 3.8 GPA and an 1130 on SAT, and plans to major in business.