The former youth league lineman flashed enough potential in the Patriots secondary in the fall to land eight Football Bowl Subdivision offers and counting. But with each new suitor, the process becomes a bit more complicated.
“They all show love,” Murphy said. “They tell me if I go there, it will be a good place for me. I’ll be happy, comfortable. …. When you’re talking big-time schools, you’ve got to look at the little things to separate them.”
The University of Maryland became the latest school to enter the mix with an offer last week, joining Arizona, Stanford, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Temple.
When the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Murphy attended the spring game in College Park last month, he dropped off his game film with offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. Last Monday, he headed back to campus for a more thorough look around and personal meetings with Coach Randy Edsall and Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart.
Murphy already has family ties to the school as his sister, Aisha, recently completed her freshman year there, working toward a degree in atmospheric science.
“That means a lot to have your hometown school show interest,” Murphy said. “I met with Coach Edsall, and he told me he really liked me and is going to recruit me pretty hard.”
Murphy, the owner of a 3.8 core grade point average, hasn’t begun to narrow his options yet, though that should change soon.
Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he’d like to get down to a top five after checking out a few more schools this summer. He has plans to go to Stanford and Wake Forest, among others.
Murphy mentioned the staff’s ability to relate to players and academic support plan among the “little things” that he’s paying most attention to on his visits.
“I want to get to a decision before my senior year,” said Murphy, who picked off three passes and caught two touchdowns in his second varsity season for the Patriots. “That will give me a clear advantage. I won’t have to worry about it too much. I can focus on just football and school instead of three things.”
Check out Murphy’s junior season highlight reel below:
NUMBER CRUNCH: 2
The number of home runs by Lake Braddock junior Ashley Flesch in a 4-1 win over No. 6 South County that gave the eighth-ranked Bruins the Virginia AAA Patriot district crown. The third-ranked Lake Braddock baseball team wasn’t so lucky, falling to South County, 14-3.
Here are the Bruins, celebrating the title:
Congrats softball on your Patriot District Championship win! twitpic.com/cs1w6g
— LB Sports (@LBSports1) May 21, 2013
– Maryland-bound senior Isaiah Davis-Allen scored the game-winning goal as St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes beat Landon to take the IAC lacrosse title and dedicated the strike to his ailing mother. (Check out photos below.)
– St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes senior Carly Reed finished her lacrosse career with 475 goals, believed to be a four-year national record. Sam Beazell, the goalie on the boys’ team, ended his career with one goal, but it was an awesome one.
– Jefferson beat Langley to take the Virginia AAA Northern Region team tennis championship. Both squads head to the state tournament next week.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY:
Maryland 3A/2A girls’ lacrosse final: Marriotts Ridge vs. Century at UMBC, 8 p.m.
Maryland begins crowning its public school lacrosse champions on Tuesday in Catonsville. The first two games of the night feature out of area teams playing for 2A/1A titles, but in the nightcap, fourth-ranked Marriotts Ridge meets Century in a rematch of the 2011 state final won by the Mustangs.
Maryland-bound All-Met Zoe Stukenberg played an important role on that team, and now she’s trying to finish her career with another title. The midfielder has 67 goals and 34 assists in 17 games.
Both teams are unbeaten against public school competition with their lone losses coming to Baltimore area power McDonogh, the nation’s top team. Follow @edetweiler on Twitter later tonight for in-game updates.