About eight months after landing his first Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer, Friendly junior Alameen Murphy picked up another last week with Stanford joining North Carolina on his list of suitors.
A Stanford assistant stopped by the Fort Washington school two weeks ago to ask about the 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback with a 3.8 grade-point average, and Murphy said Cardinal inside linebackers coach David Kotulski called with the offer last Thursday.
“We know a lot of schools are interested,” Friendly offensive coordinator Darrell Dreher said. “With that big offer, we expect a lot of schools to come in even more targeting Alameen. Now we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens.”
In his second varsity season, Murphy posted 82 tackles with three interceptions and 26 passes defended. On offense, he added 23 catches for 377 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots, who made the Maryland 3A South playoffs and finished 6-5.
Murphy drew his first offer last June after attending a camp in Chapel Hill, N.C., and then had to wait until after the Friendly coaches put together his junior highlight package to add to that total.
A physical defender with long arms, the junior played safety as a sophomore before transitioning to his more natural cornerback spot this season. He said he’s working hard this offseason improve his 40-yard dash time, which was consistently in the 4.6-second range last summer.
He’s started training with the track team and plans to compete in the spring, knowing that dropping just a tenth of a second off that time will dramatically add to his value in the eyes of recruiters. He said he needs to improve his form by picking up his knees more.
“It’s been good,” Murphy said. “They’re teaching me how to run, how to get out fast, different techniques I never knew.”
Murphy said he’s beginning to assemble his plan for schools that he’d like to attend camps at this year. In addition to going to Stanford and North Carolina, he said Ohio State, Michigan, Vanderbilt and Maryland are high on his list.
He also knows how important it will be to keep his grades up as he continues in the recruiting process.
“I knew I had to get on it early and stay on it,” Murphy said.
Friendly had one of the area’s most talented defensive backfields in the fall, and Dreher believes that three players, including Murphy, will ultimately play at the next level.
Senior cornerback/running back Daniel Cary had orally committed to Howard, but he will head to a yet-to-be-determined prep school to improve his grades, and Dreher said junior cornerback/wide receiver Ravon Davis, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound speedster, might be the team’s most talented athlete.