Friendly junior Alameen Murphy projects as a defensive back at the next level, but this spring, he has used a strong ground game to drum up interest in his services.

Murphy has been busy making unofficial visits, adding offers from Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt in the past month, according to Friendly offensive coordinator Darrell Dreher.

Both the Yellow Jackets and Commodores extended those offers after the 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback visited campus, and they join a list of suitors that already included North Carolina and Stanford.

Murphy’s busy travel schedule doesn’t stop there. Last week, he attended spring practice at Maryland, and Dreher said the Terrapin coaching staff asked for more game film as they contemplate making an offer.

Rated a three-star recruit by, the junior plans to visit Penn State this weekend, and the assistant coach said Boston College, Rutgers and West Virginia have also expressed interest recently.

“His name has been getting out there,” Dreher said. “Things are starting to pick up for him because he’s starting to get around more.”

Murphy has the sturdy frame college coaches look for in a defensive back, and he’s continued to improve after arriving at Friendly without any experience playing in the secondary. In his youth career with the White Oak Warriors, he was an undersized lineman.

Murphy’s development on defense has been swift thanks to the tutelage of Friendly Coach Peter Queweay, who played cornerback at Michigan State and has coached the position at the college level.

After a season on junior varsity, Murphy became the starting varsity safety as a sophomore. He moved to cornerback in the fall and posted 82 tackles with three interceptions and 26 passes defended. He also added 23 catches for 377 yards and two touchdowns as a wide receiver.

Check out Murphy’s junior highlights below:

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