Legacy football standout prepares for senior season after SMU commitment

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Senior year will be a busy one for Legacy’s Chad Pursley.

With that in mind, it’s most likely for the best that Pursley doesn’t have the weight of a college decision on his shoulders entering his final high school year.

On the last day of May this year, Pursley let SMU head coach June Jones know he wants to be a Mustang next year, accepting his offer from SMU.

Most likely a business degree is his main collegiate focus and he believes SMU is the best place to get it.

“Really, it was just about the education I could get there and the coaches,” Pursley said of his decision.

He said he knew SMU was the place for him when he toured the campus and talked to the coaching staff on visits to the hilltop, both of which he said were very nice.

In Jones’ run-and-shoot offense, Pursley will be called upon to be proficient in pass blocking, which he says is one of his favorite parts of his position.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound offensive tackle has spent the offseason since his decision in the weight room, fulfilling SMU’s wish for him to bulk up, and has focused in on making his senior year of football the best yet for Legacy.

His focus lies on a district championship and a long playoff run, which he believes are very much within Legacy’s reach.

“I think we can go far because we really have a deep team, and if we stay focused I think we can do well,” he said.

However, whenever Legacy’s football season draws to an end and Pursley closes the book on his high school football career, another chapter remains to be written before he heads to SMU.

Pursley also plays basketball for Legacy and believes the basketball team is also poised for a deep playoff run.

While he is very excited to get on the court as one of Legacy’s big men, he said the football season really has his heart. He always believed his future was in football and can’t wait for his senior season to begin.

Legacy enters the season with a focus on becoming a family and staying together throughout the season, creating a common bond, he said. But Legacy will also have plenty of talent on the field to rally behind as well, Pursley said.

“I think our defense is really going to step up and we have a prolific offense coming up,” he said. “We have a new quarterback that will do good and just our speed [will be a strength of the team].”

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