The running back position is not one of major need for Michigan this recruiting year, and that fact originally caused the Wolverines to recruit five-star stud DeMarco Murray for the defensive back position. With the wealth of young talent in the Michigan backfield, coupled with the fact that every other school was recruiting Murray for his preferred position of running back, relations cooled between U-M and Murray.
"I think it was an issue of DeMarco really wanting to play running back, and the feeling was that Michigan was recruiting him for defensive back," Bishop Gorman Head Coach Dave White said. "But Ron English was just out here last week, and he said that they definitely want him for the running back spot, and (U-M head coach) Lloyd Carr called and confirmed it. After English left DeMarco was very happy with that, now he's thinking of taking a visit to Michigan after the season."
And what a performance Murray gave on Saturday for the visiting Michigan defensive backs coach. He rushed for 375-yards and five touchdowns to lead Bishop Gorman to a 49-35 victory over Shadow Ridge in the first round of the Sunset Regional playoffs.
"DeMarco is really focused on getting the State Championship," White said. "He fumbled a few times in last years playoffs and he took that to heart and wants to make sure we win it all this year." Bishop Gorman lost in last seasons playoffs to Cheyenne in double overtime when the Desert Shields recovered a Murray fumble, then kicked the game winning field goal to end the Gaels' season.
In Saturday's game, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Murray had touchdown runs of 80, 23, 6, 68 and 54 yards. The 80-yard scamper was on the Gaels first play from scrimmage, and tied the game at seven.
"DeMarco is keeping quiet now with recruiting," White said. "He's taken his two in-season visits and will decide on which schools he'll visit when the season ends. But he is real happy that Michigan is still recruiting him hard." Murray visited Florida on Oct. 8, and Oklahoma on Oct. 22.