RECRUITING: Murphy remains a strong commitment

Wide receiver Louis Murphy of St. Petersburg (FL) Lakewood wants everyone to know that even with the change taking place in the Florida Gators coaching staff, he is "still committed. That is a STRONG verbal."

Louis Murphy committed to the Gators after the rising seniors camp back in the summer after wowing the Florida staff with an impressive display of speed, moves and catching skills. He has never wavered from his commitment and still intends to be a Florida Gator next fall.

He attended the funeral of a family member this weekend so he was unable to watch the Gators beat Florida State in Tallahassee at Doak Campbell Stadium.

"I didn't get a chance to watch it (the game)," he said, "but I watched some highlights on ESPN."

What did it mean for his future team to win a game like this under these circumstances?

"It makes me want to go there even more," he said. "Even though Coach (Ron) Zook was fired, they still have talent and are still going to be a winning team. It shows that they still have a good squad. They have strong character and they will rally regardless of what happens. I wouldn't mind being a part of that."

Murphy still wants to take some visits because of the uncertainty of the Florida coaching staff. The visits seem more of a precaution than a desire to go elsewhere.

"I am still going to keep my options open and taking a few visits," he said. "I am set up for visits to Maryland and NC State right now."

We asked Murphy about the prospects of Urban Meyer being the new Gator head coach and what he thought of that option.?

"I really don't have any feelings until I know for sure who they will get," he said. "I did watch Utah in one game and they do throw the ball around a lot. That is something that I like."

The Gators are a little behind the eight ball in recruiting right now. With the entire staff uncertain where they will be next year, it is very difficult for any of them to continue to recruit for UF. With that in mind, we asked if he would step up to the plate when the time comes and help recruit to this class.

"I am definitely going to do that," he said. "I don't know exactly who to call yet, but I will when that time comes."

Murphy is a big wide receiver prospect who plays very aggressively and attacks the ball while it is in the air. If the ball is in the air he feels that it belongs to him and he has shown a real willingness to fight for possession. He is not the most publicized recruit on the Gator's board, but he is an honors student and a very good football player. He likes the Gator team and wants to stick to his commitment even with the difficult situation with Florida's football program.


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