Murphy Finds a Home with the Gators

"They started recruiting me about two weeks ago," Tyler Murphy said. "I got a call from coach Steve Addazio when I was in the shower so when I got out I called him right back He told me they wanted me to come down and visit and this all just kind of happened."

Tyler Murphy, a 6-2 and 190-pound signal caller from Wethersfield (CT) with superb speed, accounted for more than 30 touchdowns with 1,100 passing and 1,100 rushing.

"The first person I called when I found out Florida wanted me to visit was my dad. We talked about it for a couple of minutes and realized it's an opportunity of a life time. It's something that could change my life and we needed to check it out."

It did not take long for Murphy to see what all the hype was about.

"The first thing we did on Friday night was eat dinner at coach Meyer's house. We were able to meet the rest of the staff and their families. It was a great setting and it was a good way to meet everyone and get comfortable. I met Trey, Ronald Powell and Ian as well as some of the younger guys in this class. Saturday we did the academic tour and the basketball game. After the game we ate dinner and it was real nice and we ended up going to a birthday party."

Sunday morning was the day Murphy and his father heard the news from the head Gator.

"This morning we sat in coach Meyer's office and talked a bunch about the quarterback position and expectations of playing the position. He offered me the scholarship and I committed right away. The opportunity here is one I could not pass up. He said congratulations and he is looking forward to working with me in the future. Coach Loeffler told me to work on balancing my weight when I throw and gave me some things to work on for when I get down there. He told me he is excited about me coming down and working on things. Coach Loeffler told me everything he wants to fix will be easy to do."

Murphy talked about his game and his thought process before his senior season started.

"I am very athletic and I try to make plays for my team. I think the best part of my game is throwing on the run. I want to come here and help the program keep doing what it's doing. When my season began I was just thinking about the schools that have offered me. I did not think that anyone could or would come in late so to have them come in and offer me they way they did is a blessing and amazing. My dad is very happy and proud knowing that I will be successful both academically and athletically."

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