Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Stanford goes out of state for Murphy
By Erik McKinney
Stanford continued its recruiting assault on the country on Wednesday, as the Cardinal's fourth verbal commitment represents the fourth state in the 2014 class.
After commitments from California, Colorado and Texas, David Shaw's program added one from the East Coast, as safety Alameen Murphy (Fort Washington, Md./Friendly Senior) joined the class.
Murphy is on an unofficial visit to Stanford. He arrived on Monday and will leave Thursday afternoon after taking part in the Cardinal camp on Wednesday. On Monday, the commitment would have come as a surprise. On Wednesday, it was anything but.
"I had no idea this is what I would do," Murphy said of committing during the unofficial visit. "I wanted to get a feel for the campus and make a decision when I got home. But this was my last visit, so what's the point of waiting? I already know this is where I want to go."
Murphy said the players, campus and Stanford's academics all played a role in landing his commitment. It was Tuesday when he had a feeling it was the place for him, and Wednesday confirmed it.
"I kind of had a feeling on that second day that this is where I wanted to be," Murphy said. "After the camp today, I was 100 percent sure. I told coach [David] Shaw right after the camp on the field. I said, 'I've seen everything I need to see. I'm ready to commit.'"
Murphy and the Stanford coaches had a chance to talk some football during the visit. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound defensive back said he will likely fit in as a nickel back and have a chance to play some boundary cornerback as well.
"There's a good opportunity to get on the field since they play so many cornerbacks," he said.
With no more unofficial visits scheduled, Murphy said he is looking forward to getting back to working on his technique this summer and preparing for his senior season. He isn't sure how he'll handle the rest of the recruiting process, but affirmed that he is "really solid" to Stanford.
It's a long way from home for Murphy, but he said he isn't worried about fitting in or getting homesick. The Stanford roster provided all the support he'll need. Two years ago, the Cardinal signed players from 14 different states. Last year, in a reduced class, Stanford still signed players from eight states.
"That helped a lot," Murphy said of the variety of states represented on the roster. "I know I won't be the only person far away from home. They have a couple people there from the East Coast."
Murphy selected Stanford over offers from Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.