Panhandle Standout Picks Up Offer From Auburn

A prospect from northwest Florida was one of the players who performed well at Auburn's July Senior Football Camp.

Pensacola, Fla.--A prospect whose stock has been on the rise this year showed Auburn's coaches why that is the case with his performance at a one-day football camp.

On Saturday at Auburn's Senior Camp, Loucheiz Purifoy from Pine Forest High School was one of the standouts at Auburn's Senior Camp. How impressive? Impressive enough to now have an offer from Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

"Coach Chizik offered me a scholarship and told me he liked me," the rising senior tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The camp went great. We ran around and played some defense in one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens."

Purifoy measured in at 5-11 1/2, 172 pounds and did a 31 1/2 inch vertical jump with a very impressive NFL short shuttle time of 4.18 seconds. About the only thing he wasn't happy with was his time in the 40. He was clocked at 4.59. "My best time is a 4.38," he says.

Now that he has been offered by the Tigers, Auburn joins a list of colleges that includes Florida, Southern Miss, UAB, South Alabama and Troy that have extended scholarship offers to the Pine Forest High rising senior.

He is camping at Alabama on Sunday and Monday and then will go to Florida later in the week for its Friday Night Lights Camp. "I grew up a Florida fan," he notes. "I like their speed."

He says that he liked what he saw at the Auburn camp and is now considering the Tigers after spending time with the coaching staff and getting a tour of campus. "I plan to come back to Auburn for a game in the fall," he says, noting that he is in no hurry to make a decision on his college choice.

"I don't know for sure when I am going to decide,"?he says. "It is probably going to be later in the season and let things cool down."

He plays both way in high school. Last year he rushed for 639 yards with an average of better than 10 yards per carry. When asked what he thinks he will play in college, Purifoy says he is flexible on that. "Wherever they put me is fine."

Purifoy is expected to be one of the top high school seniors in the Florida Panhandle this year.

A three-sport athlete, he is the 2010 Florida state champion in the triple jump at 46 feet, 9 1/2 inches and he also runs the 200 meters for the Pine Forest High track team. In basketball he is a shooting guard.

However, football looks like it will be his ticket to college. He has been a varsity starter since his 10th grade year and notes that he believes he would have started on the varsity as a ninth grader, but chose to play on the ninth grade team.

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