North Platte thrower announces commitment to Nebraska

North Platte's Elliott Purdy announced his commitment to the University of Nebraska on Twitter Thursday (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - North Platte High School Class of 2020 thrower Elliott Purdy announced on Twitter Thursday that he has committed to the University of Nebraska Track & Field team.

"First I'd like to thank God for blessing me with all He has provided for me. I'd also like to thank my parents for always pushing me to my full potential and my sisters for always being there to root me on! Thank you to my coaches, Coach Miller and Coach Rice, who've taught me so much through the years. Lastly, I'd like to thank the rest of my family for always supporting me no matter what. Through the last few months I've had a lot of big decisions to make. After talking with my family, friends, and coaches I've decided to hang up the football cleats and continue my track and field career. This is something at which I feel I can pursue and excel. With that said I am 100% committed to the University of Nebraska T&F! GBR!" Purdy said in his Twitter post.

As a junior, Purdy finished with a silver medal at the State Track & Field Championship, throwing for 177.7 feet, and breaking a school record, he also finished with a bronze medal in shot put, throwing for 56.4 feet.

Purdy is the first Bulldog track and field athlete to go to a Division-I school since Trevon Weaver committed to the University of Wyoming in 2017, and the first Bulldog track and field athlete to commit to the University of Nebraska since Wyatt McGuire in 2016.