Sunday, January 13, 2013
Ducks working hard for JC OL Purcell
By Brandon P. Oliver
Oregon OL coach Steve Greatwood has done an incredible job finding hidden gems from the mainland and the Pacific Islands. His latest discovery is currently enrolled at a junior college in Southern California, but he comes from a place where rugby is the sport of choice.
Due to him playing in two games in what he describes as a, "social club," back home in New Zealand, OL Nic Purcell (Huntington Beach,Calif./Golden West College) might never be allowed to play college football. That hasn't stopped the Ducks and a number of other programs from pursuing the 6-foot-6, 295-pound lineman. If not for his prior football experience, Purcell would be one of the most talked about uncommitted prospects in the west.
But because of that experience, Purcell might not ever see the field on the next level. The Oregon Ducks are the favorite to land Purcell's signature if he is able to sign a letter of intent and are leading his appeal to the NCAA. With a need for 1-2 more offensive linemen in this recruiting class, the Ducks are hoping for the best as they attempt to help Purcell through the process. Of course, Purcell feels the same way.
"I have no idea. The NCAA hasn't given any indication about when they'll make a decision," Purcell said. "Oregon has been great with everything. They have helped guide me through the process. If I get the decision we are hoping for, Oregon would have to be right there [for me]."
With Jake Pisarcik already on board and the NCAA having denied outgoing OL Kyle Long an extra year of eligibility, adding Purcell -- who also holds offers from Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, California, South Florida, Utah, Washington and Washington State -- would be a huge pick up for the Ducks along the offensive line.
At this point it's a waiting game as the NCAA decides the fate of another athlete. Should his appeal be approved, it might not come until the spring or summer. And Oregon will be waiting alongside Purcell in hopes of a favorable decision.