RECRUITING: Update on UF commit Louis Murphy

Future Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy and his Lakewood teammates weren't the best ambassadors last Friday night. The Spartans beat Class 1A Montverde, an international boarding school with seven players over 6-7, in the Diamondback Classic, 62-56.

The Spartans did so without their leading scorer, Mario Telfair. Montverde's Richard Mbaha Mounte, who signed with UCLA, scored only 13 points. Lakewood also defeated Tavares 67-42 in the tourney. With the victories, the third ranked Spartans ran their record to 11-1.

"We've already won our district" Murphy said. "Our district is pretty weak but we have played some good teams outside of district. Montverde was ranked 25th in the nation at the beginning of the season. They have players from Puerto Rico and Africa."

The 6-3 Murphy has also been busy keeping in touch with the Florida coaches.

"Coach (Billy) Gonzalez is coming by Thursday" he said. "Coach Meyer called the other day to talk to my Mom. My parents really like him. My mom is Samoan and Coach Meyer had like 20 Samoans on his team at Utah so he knew all of the traditions and customs. He and my Mom talk about it all of the time. That made for a great ice breaker."

While his Samoan cousins may be big and strong, Murphy is always ready to challenge them to a race.

"I'm a little awkward around my cousins and (extended) family," he said with a laugh. "They are all big strong guys with big necks and I'm this little guy who they kid around with. But, I just say, 'OK, let's run.'

"I do have some strength. I benched 250 a couple of times last year. But I'm not in a strength program right now because I'm playing basketball. All of the lifting that I do now is for reps"

He said that he has spoken to his friends Nyan Boateng and Derrick McPhearson. He'll be speaking to D-Mac today, eager to hear how about his visit to Clemson went.

Murphy has received the necessary paperwork to paint the Campbell Park Neighborhood Family Center in a couple of weeks, the project that finishes up his Eagle Scout requirements.

"We did receive the paperwork," he said. "Home Depot will be supplying the materials and we'll get to work on the project on the 29th. It will probably take all day, but it will be worth it."

On the basketball court Louis Murphy has one big project remaining, too, which is to lead the Spartans to a district title and then deep into the state playoffs. To complete that project, Murphy will need another five or six weeks.

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