Gators Purifoy Declares for NFL Draft

Gainesville, FL---As expected their losing a key defensive starter early to the NFL.

Junior corner Loucheiz Purifoy told reporters after Saturday's game he was going to jump early, Monday he made it official, declaring for the draft. The Pensacola Pine Forest alum played in all 37 games of his time at Florida, starting the last 19.

In all he totaled 102 tackles, broke up 12 passes, forced five fumbles, blocked three kicks and had two interceptions, both coming this season.

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 into the NFL Draft," said Florida head coach Will Muschamp. "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 look forward to watching him on Sundays. As we have with other former Gators, we encourage him to return to Florida and complete his degree."

"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," said Purifoy. "Coach Muschamp and Coach Robinson have put me in a position to take the next step. I know there is still 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."