Another JC receiver on the Huskies' radar

When former Husky WR Reggie Williams left early to head to the NFL, the Huskies were left without a true big wideout. Sophomore WR Craig Chambers is the biggest receiver on the Husky roster at 6-5, 200 so the Husky coaches are out looking for bigger receivers who can make plays down the field. City College of San Francisco WR Maurice Purify is just one of those players.

"My season's been going good," Purify told following practice earlier this week. "We're 6-0 right now and we've got a big game this weekend against Butte (College)."

In that game Purify and fellow CCSF receiver Aaron Straiten, who spoke with Dawgman recently as well, will face off against Butte CB Jameel Dowling, who is also on the Huskies radar.

"(Dowling) looks really good on film," Purify said. "He looks really fast and good."

Purify's numbers as a freshman were impressive for a young player as he posted 38 catches for over 900 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"My strengths are my height and I can go up and get the ball," Purify said. "I'm also a lot faster than I was last year. That is an area that a lot of people are underestimating me. Last year I wasn't that fast, but this year I'm much faster and I'm breaking stuff open."

Purify claims a high 4.4 forty time, but said 4.5 is probably more accurate. He also said he has a good vertical but hasn't been tested in that in quite a while.

"I have enough to go and get it if I need to," Purify said with a laugh.

"My only weakness is that sometimes I don't concentrate enough," Purify admitted. "Sometimes I want to make the big play and I forget to look the ball in before I start running. I'm really working on getting that down, but right now…that is my biggest weakness."

Purify had some struggles coming out of high school in Eureka, California with the NCAA Clearinghouse and spoke with Diablo Valley College about playing basketball there. His cousin played there, but when his thoughts turned to playing football the head basketball coach told him to check out CCSF.

"I came here and the rest is history," Purify said.

As far as recruiting is concerned, Purify is hearing from seven schools and claims three offers.

"Right now my three offers are from Kentucky, Arizona and Nebraska," Purify said. "Texas A&M, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington are also calling a lot.

"I took a visit to Nebraska on October 8th (CCSF's bye week) and enjoyed my time there a lot, but I want to stay in the Pac 10 if possible. I like the west coast. It's close enough to home for my family to watch me play, but I also have to do what I have to do when it comes to committing."

Washington was on Purify when he was in high school and he even attended the UW/USC game in 2003 at Husky Stadium.

"It's the only time I've been there, but I have some friends who have moved there and they seem to like it up there," Purify said.

So will Washington get another visit, this time an official one?

"Washington is definitely one I want to go see," Purify said. "I like their head coach (Tyrone Willingham) and what he represents. I think I would have a good chance to play there because their coach said they are looking for playmakers.

"I want to go to a school that needs me and doesn't just want me. I want to catch 70 balls and help lead them to a championship. I think I can do that for them."

After he finishes his degree in May, Purify will have three years to play two. He claims he has an English class to make up but otherwise is on target to graduate at the end of spring quarter.

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