While recruits around the country are flip-flopping commitments to follow the coaches that recruited them to new schools, Friendly‘s defensive back Alameen Murphy is sticking to his decision. Despite the departure of defensive coordinator Derek Mason, one of the coaches who recruited him, Murphy remains firmly committed to Stanford.

“That doesn’t affect my decision. I would’ve loved to play for him, but I’m happy for him,” Murphy said of Mason, who accepted the head coaching job at Vanderbilt, one of the schools that originally recruited Murphy. “I know he’ll do well at Vanderbilt.”

Murphy officially committed to the Cardinal on a visit to Palo Alto last June, a commitment he reaffirmed on his official visit earlier this month. 

“I got a chance to meet some of the other recruits and realize how similar we actually all are,” Murphy said. “I really got a feel for what Stanford’s trying to do.”

Stanford’s message, Murphy said, is that “good students” and “national-championship-caliber players” are not mutually exclusive.

“I got the feeling they’re trying to get good quality people who think that football is just as important as getting good grades,” Murphy said. “Which is what I think, too.”

Murphy, who said he hopes to study engineering, becomes the Cardinal’s most recent D.C.-area pickup, following a pipeline established by former Cardinal offensive coordinator and Howard graduate Pep Hamilton, now with the Colts. Murphy’s host on his visit was fellow defensive back and former Briar Woods All-Met Alex Carter, and he’ll face off daily with Cardinal quarterbacks Kevin Hogan (Gonzaga) and Ryan Burns (Stone Bridge).


Murphy chose Stanford from a list of 14 offers, including Harvard, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt.


— When Derek Mason heads to Vanderbilt, he’ll be without prized quarterback recruit and former Commodore commit, Briar Woods’s Trace McSorley.

— One of the nation’s most coveted offensive lineman, McNamara’s Damian Prince, made a visit to South Carolina this weekend

— Thanks to the snow and frigid temperatures, most schools are closed again today. Track all the week’s corresponding postponements here.


Black ice! With schools closed, the day’s basketball slate has been wiped out yet again, so stay warm and stay safe.


In a matchup of two of the area’s top non-WCAC private school teams, Maret made a statement in a win over then-No. 19 St. Andrew’s on Friday night. Check out the highlights here:

Senior guard Steffen Davis carries Frogs to victory over the Lions. (Julian Toliver/The Washington Post)