Scouting Report: Gainesville RB Terrius Purvey

After viewing video of <b>Terrius Purvey</b> in the 3A state championship against Burnet, he's definitely one of the top backs in state. After reviewing the video with Texas recruiting expert analyst, Stacey Dean, my thoughts are...<p>  

Strengths: Is a speedy, tough runner with upside if he continues to add bulk. Shows good burst to hole. Has the speed to turn the corner consistently and shows a second gear when he breaks a run to the outside. Has adequate vision and change of direction without losing much in transition. Has good hands and is a adequate route runner.

  Areas To Improve: Needs to add bulk to compete at the collegiate level. Needs to work on lower body strength, doesn't really have the power to move the pile. Is only a marginal pass-blocker. While showing that he does know his assignments, doesn't always make the play, so needs to make some strides in pass protection and blitz pick-up.

Bottom Line: Purvey is a savvy runner who reminds me a litte bit of Oklahoma State's Tatum Bell. He needs to add weight and lower body strength. Has more of a wide receiver body right now, but definitely has the skills/size to play tailback. Could find immediate playing time on special teams, also helping his recruitability.

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