Three-star tight end Ryan Purvis from Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic had narrowed his choices to three just a couple of weeks ago, but was having a hard time deciding. He didn’t want his decision making process to interfere with basketball season, but practice was starting today, so time was running short. After a lot of deep thought, he cast his lot with the Eagles, and has no intentions of turning back.
“I wanted to get it done before basketball season, and things were starting to get hectic toward the end,” he recounted the final days before his decision. “B.C. said they were only going to take one tight end, and it was a first come, first served basis.
“I didn’t want to kick myself for not taking the opportunity while it was there. I’m glad it is out of the way.”
Purvis committed to the Eagles last Tuesday and spent the last week telling all of the coaches involved in his recruitment. He made it official today when he announced in on TV at 12:20 from his high school.
Although he had offers from Pittsburgh, UCLA, West Virginia, and Toledo, in addition to the Eagles, Ryan said his final decision was between only two schools.
“Really it came down to B.C. and UCLA and the deciding factor was the distance,” he explained. “It was an extremely hard decision.
“I really want my family to be able to see me and that was very important. It is not just my immediate family, but a lot of my extended family likes to see me too.”
Several other factors were also present, which made his choice a win-win situation.
“The academics at B.C. are very good, and it is known as Tight End U. They really develop the tight ends.
“They sign one a year, so I will really have a great chance to play by my second or third year. Most tight ends there redshirt, and that would be even better. There would only be one in front of me then.”
Rated the No. 12 tight end in the country by Rivals.com, Purvis stands 6-foot-5, weighs 235 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds. His high school career is over, but on his senior season he had 25 catches for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He is an academic qualifier with 3.8 GPA and has already scored a 1,130 on the SAT.