Somehow, the junior cornerback flew in to Pittsburgh, battled traffic, and was there on time. Right away, he had to run his 40 times. Despite being rushed, he just kept going, he says.
"It was crazy," Puryear said. "The camp started at 11. I just got off the plane, and by the time I got to the camp, I didn't get to warm up, so I just started my 40. I still ran a 4.45. I went through the line again, and I ran a 4.4 the next time."
It was the beginning of a good day for Puryear. He said after his run, the Pitt coaches complimented him before taking a look at him as a corner.
"I went strictly corner because they liked me at corner," Puryear said. "The corner drills, I did great. The coaches wanted me to stay on the two top receivers. It was good, going against them the whole time. I made some plays."
Puryear didn't come away with an offer, but he hopes to stay in contact with the Pitt coaching staff. At the very least, he plans to come back for a game in the fall.
"I was able to talk to the Buffalo coach," Puryear said. "The Pittsburgh coach said my size is not an issue. It's a factor, but he likes my speed, likes my hips. He wants to stay in contact. They're going to come by my school. Hopefully everything goes well.
"My dad has a friend that lives in Pittsburgh, so if everything goes well, I will take a visit there."
"Temple, I did pretty good there," Puryear said. "My offensive side of the ball was iffy. On defense, I did well. I ran a 4.45 40. Besides that, I had a great camp. The defensive backs coach, he likes tall receivers, but he likes my speed. He said he would help me get recruited, help go to a college.
"Syracuse, that day was tough, it was pouring. Thunderstorms cam in. I only ran a 4.46, and the drills were kind of sloppy."