July 9, 2009

Murphy finds familiar face in recruiting coach

Jefferson (Tex.) High School lineman Trevor Murphy sees his recruiting coach from Colorado State more often than coaches from other schools. Although the 275-pounder and CSU aren't breaking any NCAA rules, Murphy says he does look at CSU cornerback coach Tim Duffie on a near nightly basis.

"Tim Duffie (CSU cornerback coach) is my recruiting coach," Murphy said. "He was the big name in our small town. I remember he played running back some and linebacker. It was a neat deal to see him go to Texas Tech. In fact, I still have a signed poster of him from his days at Tech in my room. I am looking at it right now."

Murphy has scholarship offers from Colorado State, UTEP, Louisiana Tech, Northwestern, North Texas and Stephen F. Austin. Murphy said he has also been to Baylor's camp and is talking with Rice and Texas Tech. New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State, Oklahoma State and Missouri have all sent letters. For now, Murphy said he is planning on in-season visits to UTEP and Colorado State. Arkansas and Oklahoma State will also have Murphy in for camps this summer. North Texas and Louisiana tech have both hosted Murphy already.

"We're going to try and wait it out and see what comes along and we'll figure out from there what feels right," Murphy said.

Just as big of a question for Murphy will be what position Murphy plays in college. His father played defense for Stephen F. Austin but the younger Murphy said he doesn't really care what side of the ball he plays on.

"I don't (have a preference of which side of the ball to play on)," Murphy said. "I just want to play. It really doesn't matter to me. I like defense, I like to hit people, but I tell people that if someone is going to pay for my school, I'll play whatever."

Distance also isn't an issue with Murphy. Growing up in Jefferson, near the eastern side of Texas, Murphy said he grew up a Longhorn fan, but is now looking for a bigger school as well as a good relationship with the coaching staff. Towards that front, Murphy said he considers Colorado State a larger school and is enjoying his relationship with the staff at Louisiana Tech.

Murphy will likely be a full academic qualifier thanks to his 3.8 grade-point average and a 19 ACT. He added he plans on re-taking the ACT's to up that score. Murphy said he plans on majoring in sports medicine or biology. He said his second choice is coaching.

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