Purifoy leaving for the NFL

Florida junior cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy made his decision to leave school early and enter the NFL Draft official on Monday afternoon. Purifoy has played in 37 games in his three years at Florida and started during his sophomore and junior years.

"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," Loucheiz Purifoy said. "Coach Muschamp and Coach (Travaris) Robinson have put me in a position to take the next step. I know there is a lot of work for me ahead, but I appreciate what everyone at Florida did to get me to this point.

"As much as I look forward to playing in the NFL, I will miss my teammates and coaches and look forward to watching them play next year."

The ride to this point has taken different turns for Purifoy. His breakout came as a freshman during bowl practice in 2011 when the Gators were preparing to face Ohio State in the Gator Bowl. Purifoy played well in practice and earned a start in the bowl game.

He had a strong sophomore year, putting him on the NFL Draft radar with his athleticism. As a junior, Purifoy had the first two interceptions of his career to go along with two sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss. Purifoy added seven pass breakups, one forced fumble, one quarterback hurry and one blocked kick.

Purifoy intercepted Jameis Winston on Saturday and is projected to be a late first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

"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 the NFL Draft," Florida head coach Will 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.

"We wish him nothing but the best of luck and watching him on Sundays. As we have with other former Gators, we encourage him to return to Florida and finish his degree."

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