- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
SAN ANTONIO -- Four-star offensive tackle Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.) has a list of five schools, but don’t expect him to make a final decision during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Murphy said he will eventually choose between USC, Stanford, Oregon, Florida and California, but he is considering making a decision after two scheduled visits in January. Murphy, who has visited Oregon and Florida on officials, will visit Stanford the weekend of Jan. 13 and USC the following weekend.
“I was thinking about committing here a while ago,” Murphy said, “but my season in high school ran really late. I didn’t have time to take another official.”
Murphy didn’t make any official visits in December, as San Clemente competed in the California Division I state tournament. The team advanced to the finals before falling to Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.).
Murphy took a trip to Oregon in September, when the Ducks played Nevada. He took a trip to Florida in November, when the Gators played Vanderbilt. Murphy said he’s still figuring out the details out for a visit to California.
“I liked the environments,” Murphy said of Oregon and Florida, “and I got a good feel for the schools and the programs. I want to go to a place that has a good system I can fit into. I want to have a good feel for the place and a good feel for the players and coaches.”
Simmons injured, game status uncertain
Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) injured his right knee on the last play of the morning session and did not practice in the afternoon. The 6-foot-5, 333-pound offensive lineman limped around the sidelines during the afternoon session with his knee wrapped.
Trainers wouldn’t specify the severity of the injury, but they did say Simmons is listed as questionable for the week. Whether he will be back on the field in time for Saturday is still up in the air. Simmons is ranked No. 80 in the ESPNU 150.
A four-star lineman, Simmons is considered the fifth-ranked offensive guard in the country and the ninth-ranked player in California. He was lined up as a tackle for the West team. Simmons committed to USC in October, choosing the Trojans over offers from California, Oregon, Arizona, Ohio State, Miami and a host of other schools.
Quarterbacks shake the rust off
With many players playing full-contact football for the first time in weeks, there was a lot of rust at the Blossom Athletic Center -- primarily at the quarterback position.
Between the three quarterbacks on the roster, there were plenty of botched handoffs, muffed snaps and basic miscommunication during the morning session. Of the quarterbacks, four-star Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo./Mullen) was the most consistent.
Miles, a Washington commit, took snaps with the first-team offense and completed a nice play-action pass to tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif./Westview), an Oklahoma pledge. The play fooled several defenders.
“I’m just out here having fun, man,” Miles said. “There’s some talent out here, and I just want to show what I can do. I’m trying to stay sharp.”
• The West team will have an abundance of talent on its kickoff team. One of four players -- Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas/Hightower), Trey Williams (Houston, Texas/Dekaney), Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet) and KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash./Mariner) all are options to field kicks. Addison and Williams are headed to Texas A&M, while Neal has committed to Oklahoma and Russell recently committed to Notre Dame.
• Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest) lined up against several cornerbacks during 7-on-7 drills. Texas commit Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas), Brandon Beaver (Compton, Calif./Dominguez) and recent UCLA commit Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) all defended the highly-touted five-star receiver.
• Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall) got time with the first team at running back. Expect the West, however, to run an effective back-by-committee system on Saturday. Alabama commit T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.) and Oregon commit Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian) all will see time in the backfield.
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