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Waisome still deciding; Purifoy commits

Friday Night Lights was a big success for the Gators

Originally Published: July 23, 2010
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It's nearing decision time for four-star defensive back Nick Waisome (Groveland, Fla./South Lake), and Waisome has taken a final look at his top two programs.

On Thursday, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound defender spent the day observing events at the FSU camp, where his position coach Terrance Larmond was instructing the defensive backs.

And on Friday, Waisome traveled a couple of hours east to take part in Friday Night Lights before spending the remainder of his weekend at Gridiron Kings at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex.

"Both the FSU and Florida camps were terrific and very well run," Waisome said. "I wanted to get in a couple of final visits with both schools so I can prepare to make a decision."

Waisome competed at Friday Night Lights.

"It was good to get out there for a couple of hours," Waisome added. "The competitive wasn't as strong this year as it was last season but there were a couple of big names."

According to Larmond and Waisome the plan is for Waisome to make his final announcement next month during the first ESPNU 150 recruiting show of the season.

"We're trying to do this with ESPNU, which is probably why I haven't made a decision already," Waisome added.

Also included in Wiasome's final five are LSU, Georgia and South Carolina, but for all intents and purposes this is an in-state battle.

Waisome said he has an idea of where he's headed already but want to go through the thought process one more time with his parents.

"I've had an idea of where I want to go for a while but I want to talk with my parents and there were a couple of things I needed to see," Waisome said.

One of those things was a meeting with FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops. Waisome has already developed a relationship with the Gators coaches and wanted to meet Fisher.

"I mostly kept in contact with coach D.J. Eliot, who had been recruiting me to FSU," Waisome added. "So it was nice to bond with Coach Fisher for a couple of hours."

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"I didn't speak with either of them on Friday but we've spoken in the past," Waisome added. "I can always give them a call."

Waisome will be part of the Southeast team at Gridiron Kings as they look to defend their championship from last year.

"We're pretty loaded on the Southeast squad," Waisome added. "It's going to be a good time competing and helping each other out."

Purifoy makes it official

After repeatedly stating that Florida was his top choice and "dream" school, defensive back Louchiez Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Pine Forest) made his intentions official and committed to the Gators on Friday.

"I wanted to talk with my mom before I finally did it," Purifoy said. "Once she gave me the endorsement it was time to get it done."

Purifoy had been rising on recruiting charts around the Southeast recently and had offers from Alabama and Auburn to consider as well. Despite the Crimson Tide's recent success in the Pensacola area, Purifoy never considered any program but Florida.

"I was always a Florida fan growing up so it wasn't really an issue," Purifoy said. "This is where I want to be."

Purifoy plays quarterback and defensive back for his high school but will make the full switch to the defensive side of the ball upon entering the campus at Gainesville.

"It doesn't matter where I play, I just want to get on the field," Purifoy added. "This is a great place to go to school and play football. They want you to be successful on the field and off the field."

No sign of Wilder

There was no sign of five-star athlete James Wilder II (Tampa, Fla./Plant) as the night began. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was one of several no shows, including four-star linemen Giorgio Newberry (Fort Pierce, Fla./Central) and Tim Jernigan (Lake City, Fla./Columbia).

Plant head coach Robert Weiner said that Wilder and teammates Phillip Ely and Tony Posada were planning on going to the showcase but Ely was the only player present and he did not work out.

Other tidbits

• Clemson commit Mike Bellamy (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte) made a surprise appearance and worked out. Bellamy had heavily considered the Gators before choosing Clemson last month.

• Miami commit Marcus Jackson (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) also worked out at the showcase. Although he is a firm commitment to Miami he had originally planned to attend Friday Night Lights and the FSU 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday.

• Florida also got a commitment from offensive lineman Trip Thurman (Dover, Del./Dover) on Friday. He had been in Gainesville most of the week visiting the school with his family.

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.

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