August 15, 2008

Murphy lists co-leaders

Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep defensive end Trent Murphy ranks as the 18th best player in Arizona according to Rivals.com. Murphy suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss almost half of the 2007 season. He said he currently holds five offers but believes with a strong start to the 2008 season that total will rise, as will his ranking.

"Recruiting is going good overall," Murphy said. "Things have kind of died down but the coaches are kind of busy right now. I still have the five offers. I have been trying to just focus on the season. As of right now it is between ASU and Stanford."

Murphy focused on summer school and skipped the camp circuit. He only took one unofficial visit, which was to Stanford in July. He previously told ASUDevils.com that he was very impressed with the Stanford coaching staff and he gave his visit there high marks.

"[My visit to Stanford] went really well," Murphy said "I was there for their Junior Day and the beginning of their camp as well. Their campus was great. It seemed like a real cool place. I like Stanford a lot.

"I want to go over to ASU to check out the dome," Murphy said "I just haven't had the time to do it yet."

The 6-foot-5 235 pounder has started camp with his Bronco teammates, who are trying to defend their 5A championship from last season. They'll start the season with a game against Nevada state champion Las Vegas Bishop Gorman at 7 p.m. on August 23 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

"We have been in two-a-days for about two weeks now," Murphy said. "I think we look really good. We have been working real hard so I think we are going to be good again this year.

"We open up with Bishop Gorman next weekend," Murphy said. "We just started looking at film of them for the first time today. Next week we are going to start the hard core planning for them. They definitely run a different offense then the Arizona teams. Then run like a double wing, double tight formation. So it will be a different look playing them."

Murphy believes missing so much time last year might have cost him a few offers so he is keeping his options open in regards to which schools he will visit and when he might decide on a school.

"I have not really even begun to think about visits," Murphy said. "I won't make a decision until later on in the season at least."

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