Missouri City (Tex.) Ft. Bend Elkins linebacker Kenneth Murray scores Cal offer

Kenneth Murray has one notch in his belt that not many defenders can claim -- he took down Vic Enwere. On Thursday, he scored an offer from Enwere's Golden Bears.


Over the past two weeks, MichiganBaylorOklahomaOregon State and California have come calling for Missouri City (Calif.) Ft. Bend Elkins linebacker Kenneth Murray

"I'm just being me," said Murray. "I just like to lay wood."

That's exactly what Murray did, freshman year, when he played Ft. Bend Austin, and their star running back, Vic Enwere. How did that turn out?

"Freshman year, I played against him, I played against him one time, I hit him one time," Murray said.

Did he go down?

"Of course," Murray said. "I was just a little pup, so I took the legs out, but I got him."

As we've seen with Enwere, it takes quite a bit to take him down, and Murray certainly has that working for him.

"The defensive coordinator came out, but he wasn't the one who offered me," Murray said. "About an hour after he left, coach Alvarado said he had some good news, and I gave him a call, and he offered me a scholarship."

Murray, a fist-team all-district linebacker has some looks at strong safety, but the Bears like him at outside linebacker, and, in fact, it's his ability to play defensive back -- to flip his hips and cover -- that drew defensive coordinator Art Kaufman to him in the first place, especially considering that Cal -- in the pass-happy Pac-12 -- has played much more nickel in recent years.

This past season, Murray recorded 56 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, five quarterback hurries, four passes defended and one fumble recovery.

"Most of them are offering me as a linebacker, a versatile type that's able to cover," Murray said. "That's what Cal offered me at, as an outside linebacker. One of the big things that they liked was my ability to cover, that, and my overall strength and speed."

Murray said that he's definitely going to visit Berkeley, and that he's planning his summer schedule at the moment.

"I know that Cal has some great coaches," he said. "And, I looked at their depth chart, and they're taking some linebackers this year, and they really want me to come in. I'm trying to figure out when I'm going to visit. I definitely want to come down."

Academically, Murray has a 3.3 GPA, and took the ACT several days ago, and is awaiting results.

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