An undersized defensive back, Khendell Puryear has been hitting the camp circuit hard this spring to try to pick up offers. The latest camp he attended was with Syracuse at his high school (Lincoln High), where the weather was not cooperative.
"We went there and started with the verticals," Puryear recalled. "I jumped a 37.7 (inches). We changed and went outside to do the 40-yard dash. "We did the 3-cone drill and the shuttle. I did good at all those drills. My shuttle was a 4.33 and my 40 was a 4.63. Then we separated into little groups and did one on ones. I went with the DBs. I did pretty good with those drills.
"During one on ones I did mess up a little bit, but overall I did pretty good. Then we went straight to seven on sevens because they wanted to hurry up because of the pouring rain. Everybody was freezing cold and just wanted to go home after a while. I think I did pretty good in pouring rain. It was hard to locate the ball because of the weather but overall my group did pretty good."
Despite the rain, Puryear did receive some instruction from Syracuse defensive backs coach Fred Reed. That instruction gave Puryear some solid feedback on what he can work on going forward.
"I worked with two Syracuse coaches," Puryear explained. "One was Coach Reed. During one on ones, he told me if the receiver is off the line to wait for him instead of moving. Don't move back or make any movements until he comes to you. In the turns, he told me to wait for them to make the first move. Don't do anything until they pass the line of scrimmage."
Puryear added that he was not able to speak to the Syracuse coaches about where he stands with them regarding his recruitment. However, he says he has contacted Orange coaches through social media and email but has not heard back. He is going to try to make it to another camp in the future if his schedule allows.