The big lineman from Hoover High School says he was enjoying the opportunity to mix it up in one-on-one drills with prospects from the Southeast at Auburn University's Junior-Senior Camp, which attracted more than 500 high school football players, most who have the ambition of one day playing the game at the college level.
Murphy, who has offers from a large number of colleges, doesn't have to worry about whether or not he will get the opportunity to play at the next level. This summer he can focus getting better as a defensive lineman.
"At this camp I was just having fun, learning new techniques, meeting coaches and players from everywhere," says Murphy, who notes that he is also is trying to get a feel for Auburn University and Coach Tommy Tuberville's coaching staff. He notes the Tigers are one of his favorites along with Alabama and Miami.
Murphy says the camp at Auburn was beneficial to expose him to one-on-one drills against a variety of different types of players in highly competitive atmosphere. "We do it like this every day in Hoover so we are used to it," he notes. "We get shirts ripped every day."
Murphy (in orange) participates in a one-on-one pass rush drill on Saturday night.
On a team that looks like it will be loaded with outstanding linemen this fall at Hoover, Murphy says it is logical to have very, very high expectations for the Class 6A power. "We are trying to shoot for a national championship this year," he says. "Of course, we want to win the state championship, too, but a national championship is what we are really shooting for."
To try to make that happen, Murphy says he plays to work hard over the summer and become stronger, quicker and lighter. He measured in at 6-4, 320 at Auburn's camp.
"I can play at 300 and 315 pounds," he says. "I am going to drop back down to 290 so I can get my speed and quickness better off the line."
Murphy plays tackle in a 4-3 front and also sees some action at end, but notes, "The three technique (tackle) is my best spot."