As Florida prepares for a long offseason, it will do so without cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy. The junior announced right after his team's 37-7 loss to Florida State that he will leave college early for the upcoming NFL draft, according to Joe Schad of ESPN:
Boy, that didn't take long.
With such a quick reaction, it's likely that the 4-8 season and coming up short of a bowl appearance played into his decision. It's also likely that he already had his mind made up heading into the rivalry matchup. Like all of the Gator community, he's probably frustrated and wanted to distance himself from the heartbreaking season Florida just had.
Therefore, this news shouldn't be shocking at all.
At 6'0", Purifoy is an elite cover corner who has a unique skill set. He's a long, rangy athlete who also has the great speed that you usually only see from the smaller cornerbacks. That combination of length and speed allows him to cover pretty much any receiver on the field without being a liability on defense.
Purifoy will certainly make an NFL team very happy and could even provide a helping hand on special teams due to his playmaking ability. He should be drafted rather early in the NFL draft.
So, how does this impact Florida?
It always stinks losing one of your top players, but Florida still has a promising cornerback in Vernon Hargreaves. In fact, the freshman is probably the best shutdown corner on the roster and could quickly make a case as one of the best in the country.
Frankly, the Gators have much bigger worries than losing a defensive player to the next level.