Raleigh (N.C.) Upper Room Christian guard Rodney Purvis spent some time on the North Carolina State campus this weekend in the first of several campus visits and in-home visits to come.
According to Purvis, who is the No. 6 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, his visit was an enjoyable experience, and he expects to visit his in-town school before he makes a decision.
"The visit went well," said Purvis. "I had a chance to talk with Coach Gottfried and the fans showed a lot of love."
"Coach Gottfried told me I could come in and have an early impact. I could run the team right in my home town and start something good here."
A prolific scorer, Purvis is excited about the opportunity to run the point in college. North Carolina State is dangling that opportunity in front of him as are the other schools recruiting him.
"I do want to transition into a point guard," he said. "Some schools are saying they want me to both guard positions, but all of them are saying I will play point. They don't want to take my scoring away from me, though."
The North Carolina State coaching staff will spend some more time with Purvis during an in-home visit on September 10. The Memphis staff will meet with him on that day as well.
On September 12, Connecticut will do an in-home visit with him, and then Purvis, who is scheduled to take the SAT October 1, will unofficially visit Connecticut September 16.
On September 21 he will visit North Carolina Central where his mother graduated and where his Godfather is the head coach.
Although he hasn't scheduled dates yet, Purvis expects to visit Memphis, Ohio State, VCU and Virginia. He will likely attend Memphis' midnight madness, and may wait till he gets his SAT score and then officially visit Ohio State.
It is no guarantee, however, that Purvis will make it through all these visits. He isn't bound by any time table for making a decision, but when he is ready, he will make the call.
"I'm not sure when I will decide," he said. "I'm just going to take visits and see how it goes. Everyday I think about it, and it can be stressful. I'm not in a rush, but when I know in my heart what I want to do, then I'll commit."
Trust in his future head coach will likely be the determining factor in his decision.
"I have to have a good relationship with the head coach," he said. "I want to learn and to be able to make mistakes early on. I want to play with players I can learn from. And I want to be able to just be myself and play my game."