RECRUITING: Update on O.J. Murdock

O.J. Murdock is the #8 wide receiver in the country according to the Insiders.com rankings. He may be moving up the charts rapidly. After a preseason game in which he had three catches for a little over 130 yards and two touchdowns in just over a half of play, the current #61 player in the entire country has a big season ahead of him and his team.

O.J. Murdock shared his thoughts on his team and this football season. "We are very excited. We have a young team, but we only have 2-3 games we really need to focus on. We are going to try and take it game by game and make it to state."

He was the top wide receiver at the University of Florida Rising Senior's camp in July. He ran the fastest 40 yard time at the camp and was a tough draw for the best defensive backs. He had a busy summer all around attending other camps too. "It was good. I went to the Florida and Florida State camps. I also went to Alabama and Auburn camps. I had a good showing at all four, so it was a fairly good summer for me." He wants to translate those camp experiences and knowledge onto the football field. "I've always wanted to try and break the single season catch and yardage marks." Why not touchdowns? "I don't know with the double coverage, I just want to work on being the best receiver I can be and the best student I can be."

How about the recruiting process, has it been irritating yet? "It's kind of dead right now. It's going to pick up later on this week with the coaches being able to call on September 1st." He did say he got some great news in the mail: "I just got the mail and just got nominated for the US Army All American game." The game will be played on Saturday January 15th.

Is there anyone he is looking to go up against this year? "If we make the playoffs, we will probably meet up with a team from down south. Hopefully I will get a chance to match up with (UF commitment) Demetrice Morley from Miami Killian. We talked on the phone a couple of times and talked about coming to the games and stuff, so that would be a match-up against him. At the Florida camp, we matched up just about every time. We got to be good friends talking on the phone."

Who are the leaders right now for Murdock's services? "The Big 3 are always there. Out of state I'd probably say LSU, Alabama, and maybe Michigan State."

Here's what he liked about those teams:

Michigan State – "The tradition. They have always had good receivers and are top 10 contenders every year. They are a team to look at in case something happens, I can always fall back on them."

Alabama – "Tradition. I like their receiver coach. Mike Shula is really a good man, and I liked the town."

LSU – "I haven't been to LSU or the state of Louisiana in my life, and it would really be a new experience for me."

FSU – "Hands down they are one of the better schools coming up in the ranks now. I talked to Coach (Bobby) Bowden and they really liked me and think I had a really good showing there also."

Miami – "I never visited Miami. I talked to the wide receiver coach and basically it boils down to playing time. I know I'll get a lot of playing time at Miami and more at Florida, and I'll play early."

Florida – "I've always been a Gator fan. It's always been in my heart. Knowing that I can be a Gator it helps me get my mind right and stay focused."

Does he keep up with any players from the schools he mentioned? "I talked to Andre Caldwell; we talked on the phone couple of times. He gave me the ups and downs about the school and everything like that. I also talk to Broderick Bunkley at Florida State. He tells me about the school there. What he likes and doesn't like."

Murdock knows his priorities when it comes to the school year. He is on track to play next season at the school that is lucky enough to get him. "I'm getting good grades. Trying to get a better score on my SAT and keep getting it as high as I can."

O.J. Murdock certainly continues to give hints as to his favorite, a lot of them. He won't outright say he's going anywhere. I guess his comments will just have to let people think what they want.


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