Defensive Line Prospect Shines At Football Camp

This big defensive lineman who is interested in Auburn responded to the challenge of performing against other talented football prospects.

Lebanon, Ky.--When Jonas Murrell ended his junior year in high school, he wasn't really being recruited by anyone. He wanted to change that. "I had only been getting some letters here and there," Murrell said. "So I decided I needed to change that. I wanted to someplace for camp that I could really get noticed. I picked Miami."

And for three days at the camp, Murrell was very impressive. "He reminds me of a young Vince Wilfork," said Miami Northwestern offensive lineman Chris Barney.

At 6-foot-2 and 310 pounds, the Marion County High defensive lineman has good reason to be happy about his camp experience. "I really liked it," he said. "I was just hoping to go down there and hopefully learn a few things and see where I stacked up against good competition. The Miami coaches knew nothing about me before the camp and then I walked out of there with the award for top defensive lineman. I was real happy about that."

Murrell, who plays on both sides of the ball in high school, said he enjoyed working with the UM coaches. "Greg Mark and all the coaches, they were great," he said. "All of them really know their stuff. There were some great players there who already have a bunch of offers. The coaches treat everyone the same. Those guys aren't treated any differently and that's something I was real impressed with."

Murrell, who also plays basketball and runs track (4x100, shot put 45 feet and discus 135 feet), is hoping his team can turn things around this season. "My team went 0-10 last year so it's kind of hard for us to get a lot of recognition," he said. "That's another big reason why I went to the camp."

Murrell said it didn't take long for him to add some extra motivation at the camp. "I remember in the beginning when we separated into groups for the drills," he said. "They took the younger kids into one group and then took all the older guys in a group. One guy (player) said to me I should go in the group with the young guys. I dont know why he said that or who he was. I didn't say anything back. I just went out and it motivated me. At the end of camp, I didn't hear him when I was winning the award."

Murrell said his toughest competition at the camp came from fellow Kentucky recruit Cory Zirbel. "Me and Cory are friends actually," he said. "It's weird that two guys from Kentucky went to the same camp in Miami and both won awards. He is a real good player. His size and strength are obvious but he has the arm length and a real nice punch. Plus, he's always going full speed. He loves to finish his blocks."

The talented lineman, who plans on going to the Michigan camp with Zirbel, said he hopes he caught the attention of the UM coaches. "Coach Kehoe told me at the end that they just need to get some more film before they offer or anything like that," he said. "I'm just glad I showed them what I can do. Now they know about me and hopefully others will too now. I'm most interested in Miami, Auburn, Michigan and West Virginia."

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