Though only a junior, Marcus Murphy has been a member of the Eagles' starting 11 since his freshman season.
This past year, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound back rushed for 1,274 yards and 17 touchdowns. Murphy also used his 4.48 speed to get out of the backfield and into the passing game, pulling in six touchdowns on 524 receiving yards.
The DeSoto-native's performance earned him District 11-5A Offensive Player of the Year honors, not to mention his play in the secondary, which earned him honorable mention All-District honors.
With that sort of performance comes opportunity, and Murphy is finding that those opportunities are coming in spades.
"I have so many teams showing me love right now," he said. "Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon and Texas Tech are the teams that are really sending the most stuff. I am going to check out a couple of Junior Days and see how I feel about each team after that. I am not going to start looking at leaders or anything right now."
One of those Junior Day stops will be in Baton Rouge, where several members of the DeSoto team, all interested in the Tigers, will be on campus.
"I am coming down there with Darius Terrell, Adrian White and Brandon Forge," Murphy said. "We are all really close, and we talked about getting down there for that weekend, so we are all riding together.
"I have been watching LSU a lot on television," added Murphy. "I like the offense a lot. They spread the ball and they recruit fast guys, which I like. I feel like it is an offense I could fit in, for sure."
Murphy's Baton Rouge trip, however, will give the junior his first true experience of the Tiger program.
"I don't know a whole lot about the program," he said. "I hear things that the other guys say, but I am excited to get over there and see the campus so I can know first hand.
"If I liked things, I would definitely consider LSU. I am not worried about staying in Texas to play or anything like that, so I am going to choose somewhere that I feel like I fit in."