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Gators CB Loucheiz Purifoy to enter NFL Draft



As expected, Florida junior CB Loucheiz Purifoy has announced he will bypass his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Purifoy told ESPN following Saturday's 37-7 loss to Florida State that he would not return, but the Gators made the official announcement today.

“I have had a great three years at the University of Florida, but at this time I think it's best for me and my family to pursue a career in the NFL,’’ Purifoy said. “Coach (Will) Muschamp and Coach (Travaris) Robinson have put me in a position to take the next step. I know there is still a lot of work for me ahead, but I appreciate what everyone at Florida did to get me to this point.

At 6-0, 183 pounds, Purifoy has been projected by several NFL analysts as a first-round pick. ESPN Draft analyst Todd McShay lists Purifoy as the No. 5 DB available in the draft.

In his final game as a Gator, Purifoy intercepted FSU QB Jameis Winston in the first half of the game. He completed the season with 24 tackles and two interceptions.

"There are a lot of factors that go into making these individual and personal decisions and I’m 100 percent supportive of Loucheiz’s choice to enter into the NFL Draft,’’ Muschamp said. “Loucheiz has come a long way from when I sat in his living room with his family during the recruiting process and he also knows his work is not done."

[Last modified: Monday, December 2, 2013 3:07pm]


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