July 4, 2008

Murphy exploring options

Despite being part of arguably the best defensive line class in Arizona history, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep Trent Murphy has managed to fly somewhat under the radar.

Murphy's concentration on academics as well as a knee injury that kept in out of almost half of the 2007 season and a focus on his high school team can be blamed for the lack of fanfare.

Still, the talented defensive end said he has managed to reel in five offers to date.

"I have offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah and Stanford," Murphy said. "There are some other schools have sent letters and are interested in offering if they were one of my top choices but if not they are going to focus on other things."

The 6-foot-5 235 pounder has, for the most part, kept his recruitment on the backburner so far this year.

"I am not going to attend any camps," Murphy said. "I want to visit some schools, primarily Stanford, and then I not sure of what schools besides that."

Murphy, who plans on playing some tight end this fall, currently has a bench max of 275 pounds and squat max of 405 pounds to go with his reported time of 4.8 seconds in the 40 yard dash. However its not those attributes which he believes sets him apart.

"My work ethic on and off the field and I am team player," Murphy said. "Those are what I do best."

Always looking to improve, Murphy has set out this summer to improve so that he can help lead the Broncos to their goal of winning a state championship in 2009.

"I am working on my lifting strengths, my speed and I am trying to gain weight," Murphy said. "We (Brophy) are looking really good; we should be able to take it in the end."

Location could play a role for Murphy as he considers where he will attend college, but he said it is not going to be the most important factor in the end.

"I grew up a fan of ASU my sister is going there right now, it's right by me and it's like home," Murphy said. "Academics are what I believe to be the most important factor, so I am going to focus on that. I am not sure about what matches up yet with my career choice so that could make things more difficult.

"The coaches would be the next thing. We have the best coaches here at Brophy and we have close relationships with all of them. Especially important will be my individual coach, I want to be able to connect with him and have a good relationship with him wherever I go. Stanford and ASU both have that to me, I get along with and like both of there defensive line coaches."

Murphy, who said he currently carries a GPA of 3.7, now hopes to turn more of his attention to his recruitment, but he remains patient with regards to making a decision.

"I have been going to summer school along with my summer workouts for football and [yesterday] my last day for both for a while," Murphy said. "So now is the time for me to sit down and figure some stuff out. I am going to wait it out, I haven't been to any of these schools really that are out of state so I don't have the first clue about what they are really like.

"I also think with missing part of last season that I might have missed out on a few of the looks that I would have gotten. So I plan on playing out next season and seeing what offers I have."

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