Noles And Gators Lead For Lakewood WR

Each year there are players that emerge at summer football camps. This year is no exception. The buzz going around the Florida State camp was that the Seminole coaching staff was very impressed with a wide receiver from St. Petersburg.

Louis Murphy, a 6-foot-4 and 180 pound wide receiver from St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood, was turning heads at the Florida and Florida State football camps. His performance might earn him am offer from the Noles down the road.

"I didn't get a chance to meet with Coach Bowden because he was out of town," he said. "Coach Dickey has invited me up for a few games. He said now that the camp is over they to need to make a few evaluations before they offer. I feel like an offer is coming soon."

Where do the Noles stand with him?

"I'm leaning towards Florida State and Florida now," he said. "I also like Maryland, Duke, Iowa and Louisville."

Murphy would like to make a decision in the next couple of months but if he gets an offer from the Noles he could pull the trigger early.

"I would like to make a decision by my second game," he said. "If I get offered it could come sooner. It's going to be a family decision. My mother likes both Gainesville and Tallahassee."

How did the Lakewood standout feel he did at the camp?

"I was burning them out there today," he said. "None of the defensive backs good stay with me."

Murphy is indeed correct. He's used his aggressive nature and excellent rout-running ability to get open. When that doesn't work, he uses his 33-inch vertical leap to steal the ball away from defensive backs.

The rising also got to workout with the current Seminole players during 7 on 7 drills.

"I caught a pass over Tony Carter," he said. I was impressed with Antonio Cromartie. It was hard to get by him but once I did I felt like I could play with these guys. I was also impressed with Xavier Lee, Marcello Church and Leon Washington.".

Murphy has offers from Iowa, Maryland, South Florida, Louisville and Duke.

As a junior, he caught 26 passes for 525 yards and three touchdowns in a Wing-T offense.

He is an excellent student who should have no problems qualifying academically.

Murphy is the cousin of sophomore wide receiver Chris Davis.

"We're real close," he said. "He lives a couple of houses down and he has taught me a lot."

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