August 31, 2009

Texas Center wants CSU visit

Jefferson (Tex.) High School two-way starterTrevor Murphy is used to spending a lot of time on the football field. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman has started every game of his high school career since he walked on the field as a ninth grader. Friday night, Murphy started the year he never thought would arrive - his senior season.

"It feels weird," Murphy said. "I was talking to my coach today watching tape and he said he thought it felt like I have been playing football forever. I think so too. I feel like I have played high school football forever. Now it is hard to believe that now, this is it."

Murphy's final season started in rough fashion this week as his Jefferson High team was beaten 21-3, despite seven tackles by Murphy.

"It didn't go so good," he said. "It was a tough first game. There are a lot of things we have to work on, but I feel like it will get better."

Murphy remarked that he was happy with his conditioning, which he said he will need this weekend against Tatum High School, which has won the state title three of the past four years.

While he is trying to concentrate on his senior season, Murphy continues to hear from college recruiters. The mail is coming from Arkansas, Stanford and Missouri, while he is talking to North Texas, Louisiana Tech and Colorado State on a weekly basis.

"Right now, everything is opening to me," Murphy said.

Already, Murphy owns scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech, Colorado State, North Texas, Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin and UTEP. The connections to CSU and SFA are strong with Murphy as his father played for SFA and former Jefferson High School cornerback, Tim Duffie is heading up his recruiting for CSU.

The next step for Murphy, who owns a 3.8 GPA and a 19 on the ACT, is to put together a list of schools he is interested in visiting.

"I'm definitely coming to Colorado State and check that out," Murphy said. "We are going to try and get around and see how the schedule works out and see what is convenient. I'll go see North texas play and UTEP and Louisiana Tech. I'll just see what they have to stick up their college to."

While he claims to eat, sleep and play football, Murphy also has plenty of other activities at Jefferson High School, taking part in the National Honor Society, Student Council, the Principal's Advisory Committee and as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also works out three days-a-week with a personal trainer. The future Biology major said he hopes to work in sports medicine.

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