Murphy chooses familiar setting to sign LOI

Louis Murphy was up bright and early to sign his University of Florida national letter of intent. The 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver from St. Petersburg Lakewood chose to sign his name in a most familiar and comfortable setting.

"I signed at 7:30 this morning at my church," Murphy said. "It was a small gathering. My family, coaches, and some friends were there. It is just a great day. I had a lot of people congratulate me at school."

Another congratulations of sorts rang in to Murphy from Gainesville. It also came bright and early.

"Coach (Billy) Gonzales called me this morning," recalled Murphy. "He called as I was signing. He asked if I was ready to roll?"

"I said, 'Are you kidding? I'm ready to move on from this Wing T and get into the wide open offense!' "

Just last weekend as I was speaking to Murphy while he busily completed his Eagle Scout project, a text message arrived from Coach Gonzales. Murphy laughed and smiled broadly as he read it aloud.

"It says I had a dream that we just won our first SEC Championship," he told me.

There is no doubt that the championship drought is weighing heavily on the minds of so many throughout Gator Nation. Making that dream come true is one that Murphy will have to file away temporarily. Right now, finishing up his senior year in high school and his Eagle Scout project are most important.

"I'm just staying busy right now," he stated. "It's my senior year. I'm finishing basketball, my Eagle Scout project and track, and I'm done."

Louis Murphy is a key member of the top ranked Lakewood High School basketball team that has jumped out to an 18-1 record in Class 4A. They will take on St. Petersburg High School this Friday night at home.

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