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Football: Boyd, Purvis cancel Washington visit

January 29, 2009 |  7:59 pm


Los Angeles Jordan two-way standout James Boyd and receiver Delvon Purvis, pictured, have canceled their official visits to Washington this weekend in the wake of the controversy that has ensued from a recruiting visit last week from Huskies Coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Nick Holt.

Washington announced today that it would self-report to the Pacific 10 Conference two secondary violations of NCAA rules, which occurred during a recruiting meeting that was detailed in a story by The Times.

In a statement, Washington acknowledged, "It is not permissible for coaches to have off-campus contact with prospective student-athletes until July 1 before their senior year, nor is it permissible to have recruiting contact with prospects in the presence of media."

Jordan Coach Elijah Asante said Boyd and Purvis "just decided to back off because of all the negative publicity about" their visit. Purvis does not have any scholarship offers, but Notre Dame recently showed some preliminary interest. Boyd has committed to USC.

--Ben Bolch

Photo: Jordan wide receiver Delvon Purvis breaks off a run against Taft in the first round of the 2007 City Section Championship Division playoffs. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times