Rayville's Murphy bouncing back from ACL tear

Before Rayville (La.) running back Richard Murphy (6-1, 195, 4.5) went down with a torn ACL in the state playoffs last season there was talk of him being the state's top rated recruit for 2006.

It has been a little more than four months since that dreary night Murphy heard his knee pop but he got a dose of some good news on Monday when he saw his doctor.

"He said the knee is getting stronger faster than he thought it would," Murphy told Tiger Rag. "He said I am about 80 percent right now but I should be 100 percent and ready for next season."

Despite the injury, Murphy has picked up scholarship offers from LSU, Southern Miss and UL-Monroe.

Several college coaches have told Rayville head coach Bo Barton that they would have already offered if it were not for the injury but they want to see him in action to see how he responds to the setback. The schools that are showing the most interest and that send the most correspondence are Texas, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

While other schools wanted to see how Murphy bounced back from his knee injury, Les Miles took a different approach. He saw enough of the blue chip prospect on film to know he was worth taking a chance on and jumped on him from the get go.

Since then, Murphy has talked to the LSU coaches several times and he even called them on Monday to see how things were going.

"I talked to coach (Stacey) Searels, coach (Larry) Porter and coach Miles," he said. "We just talked about the knee and how my classes were going. They invited me down to practice next week and wanted to know if I would be there. I'm going to talk to coach Barton and see if we can go."

At one time, Murphy said he thought there was a chance he would make an early commitment to the Tigers but those plans have been put on hold for now.

"I want to take a few unofficial visits but I am really interested in LSU," he said. "I like the academic program and the coaching staff is real cool and easy to communicate with."

Is LSU still the team to beat?

"Yes sir," he replied.

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