Friendly High (Fort Washington, Md.) defensive back Alameen Murphy has been talking to Maryland since early on in the recruiting process and on Monday [May 13] Murphy officially picked up an offer from his hometown team.
"Getting an offer from my hometown school offering it means a lot," Murphy said. "It feels good just finally getting connected with the coaching staff at Maryland and spending some time with them and just knowing that I have an offer now, its really good."
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Murphy attended Maryland's spring game on April 12 with his friends, family and teammates. Following the game, Murphy gave the Maryland coaches his transcript and film.
"I think it was the first time they actually got to watch me because they didn't get to come to any of our games and my high school team doesn't have a hudl account," Murphy said. "Once they got to evaluate my film and find out what kind of person I am, they realized I was the right kid for them."
Maryland has been making a strong push to keep the local talent in state and Murphy said that the message came through loud and clear when he spoke with the Terps coaching staff.
"Coach Locksley said when he was here [at Maryland] years ago, they had a good run with Shawne Merriman and Vernon Davis," Murphy said. "They were all in state kids and he said the best way to build a team is to start at home."
After hearing Coach Locksley and Coach Edsall talk about building Maryland pride, Murphy said the wheels in his head definitely started to turn.
"If those coaches think most of the talent is right in their backyard it makes me look out and see yeah we do have a lot of talent here and we can complete with any other place in the country," Murphy said. "So if we all stayed in state you kind of wonder what would happen and how we would stack up."
Murphy lives less than thirty-minutes from College Park and his sister just finished up her freshman year at Maryland. Despite his familiarity, Murphy said there is still more he would like to see.
"I haven't really had a chance to go around the campus too much," Murphy said. "Hopefully I can go back down there and actually look around because every time I go there we just usually just pick up my sister and leave or go get something to eat. We don't do too much else."
Edsall had planned to do a tour of the campus, etc. on Monday, but Murphy had to get back for practice. Murphy said he has already talked to Coach Edsall about getting back out to campus for a full tour.
When Murphy does get back on campus he will be paying close attention to several key factors.
"The player coach relationship is something that some people don't often think about but I think is the biggest thing that is overlooked," Murphy said. "You have to think about where you are going to feel at home and where will build you up to be the best man you can possibly be."
Murphy added, "I am just really trying to find a college with a good balance between football, education, the little things that attract me the most and who shows me the most love."
Murphy also holds offers from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Wake Forest among others. He said at this point every school is recruiting him with the same level of intensity.
"Every school that has offered me has shown me the same amount attention right now," Murphy said. "I keep in touch with Stanford frequently and they have come all the way from California to see me, Vanderbilt keeps in touch, as soon as Wake Forest offered they jumped on me and now that Maryland has been recruiting me pretty hard too."
Murphy has already made trips to North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Penn State and Maryland. He plans to make a second trip to Vanderbilt and Maryland this summer, along with visits to Georgia Tech and Wake Forest before finishing up with a trip out to Stanford on June 17.
"After all my visits it's going to be straight evaluation with my list of things that interest me and I will go through all the schools, " Murphy said. "Then it will come down to what school has the most things that interest me, where I feel at home and if I have a good connection with the players and coaches."
As far as a decision goes, Murphy would like to be able to take a couple of officials visits although it will be hard with his high school football game schedule.
"I actually want to take some official visits too I don't know how many I can make because we have Saturday games," Murphy said. "I will probably either wait until after I take two officials or see if I feel comfortable enough doing it before my senior year. Just really when I feel completely comfortable with the decision."
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