FOOTBALL: Gators land another committment

Yesterday we interviewed a wide receiver prospect that had camped at both Florida and Florida State and we called him this afternoon to follow-up on a few questions when he surprised us with an announcement that he had committed to the University of Florida. Read on for the real inside scoop!

Louis Murphy, WR

Louis may be what some would call a sleeper prospect, but he's certainly garnered interest from major schools in Florida, including FSU and the Florida Gators. A 6'3" 180lb wide receiver at Lakewood High school with a 4.48 40 time, he also runs on the track team and plays basketball. He also excels at academics, taking all honors courses at his high school.

Just yesterday we interviewed Louis for this story and when I called him back this afternoon to do a follow-up on some questions, he came right out and told me that he had committed to the University of Florida, giving us yet another scoop.

"I just committed to Florida just 15 minutes ago. I called Coach Fedora and I'm about to call Coach Zook. Coach Fedora was real excited when I told him. I'm very excited to be coming to Florida."

On why he choose Florida: "I liked the coaches and the fact that they throw the ball plus I also liked the chemistry the players had. I like the area and I'm always in Gainesville. I've known Avery Atkins since I started going to the camps. I grew up a little bit of a Florida State fan but I just really liked Florida."

Last week he camped at both Florida State and Florida. "I had a better camp at Florida State. I was nervous at Florida but not at Florida State. I was not offered at either camps, but I stopped by and talked to Coach Wickline on my way home and he offered me."


Louis Murphy and OJ Murdock by Fedora at the RSC Camp at Florida.

At the Florida camp, he was timed running a 4.48 40. As for the competition at the camp, he said, "The two toughest guys I went up against at the Florida camp was Demetrius Morley and Bryan Evans."

Murphy impressed many at both the FSU and UF camps, garnering plenty of accolades and interest from spectators and coaches alike. We saw him catch every pass within 4 feet of him, showing that he has very good, soft hands. At 6'3" and his sub 4.5 speed, he looks to be an ideal receiver for the Gators. His quarterbacking experience can be used to throw a wrinkle in opposing defensive plans.

On the schools, he said his favorites were both Florida and Florida State: "At Florida I liked the coaching staff. Florida's a passing school. I like the players's chemistry and the academics. I plan on majoring in Business or Journalism. At Florida State I liked their academics and they have a new medical building." Also, "I'm good friends with Julian Riley at Florida and my cousin is Chris Davis at Florida State."

As far as academics, he said, "I have a 3.1 GPA and I take all honors courses."

Louis has a long history of football – "I've been playing football since I was four. I played option quarterback last year in a Wing-T offense. Now we have gone to a spread offense and we're throwing the ball so I will get the ball more and I'll be playing receiver." Sort of reminds you of Jacquez Green a bit, doesn't it?

He also plays other sports at his high school. ""I play basketball, run truck, and I'm the anchor 4 x 100 relay and we won the state championship when I was a sophomore," said Louis.

Louis is aware that not too many folks know who he is, but that "I want everyone to know that I'm a sleeper but I'm about to blow up."

Scott Kennedy of TheInsiders.com, had this to say about Louis, having seen him in action: " He's a big target, has good soft hands and deceptive speed. Because he's so big he gets on you a lot quicker than you think he can. He's got the size and strength to out-muscle smaller defensive backs and he will pose match up problems for the defensive backfield."

In addition to his physical talents, Louis came across as very intelligent in our interview with him and his academics & honors courses point to a very bright future for him at Florida. On a personal note, his father is a pastor of a congregation of 3,000 worshipers.


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