One of the players who recently emerged as another potential Division I talent in Alabama is Hanceville wide receiver Tristan Purifoy.
The 5-11, 190-pound wideout made a strong impression on everyone in attendance at the ScoutSouth.com combine at Hoover High school with a great blend of size, speed, body control and soft hands.
Purifoy clocked a 4.57 forty-yard dash on a relatively slow artificial turf track, and in the one-on-one drills he made almost every catch that was within his reach.
The most spectacular was easily a rolling grab along the sidelines while being completely blanketed by Central-Tuscaloosa standout DeMario Pippen, which drew a laugh and a handshake from Pippen following the play.
Purifoy is a physically impressive receiver prospect.
Purifoy says that he really enjoyed the chance to compete against players like Pippen at the combine. "I think I did pretty good going against some of the best people," he notes. "I caught a lot of balls. The quarterbacks were throwing pretty good, and I really liked it out there."
The speedy receiver, who notes that he also plays some cornerback and safety, says that he does not know his stats from his junior season, but does remember that he caught between 10 and 20 touchdowns despite drawing double coverage on almost every snap.
He adds that he has to put in a good bit of extra work to deal with multiple defenders. "I break down film as much as I can so that I can get open," Purifoy says. "Hopefully, our quarterback throws it to me when I am open and when I get it I am going to do what I do with it."
The Hanceville standout explains that he still has one major part of his game he is working on heading into his senior season. "My route running," he says. "I keep rounding off a lot of my routes, but if I can get that down to crisp it should be good."
However, the talented receiver says that he wants more that just attention from college recruiters. "I am going to have to show them this year because they are all just interested and haven't offered me anything yet," he notes. "So, I am just going to have to show them my senior year."