Maryland mined Pennsylvania for a pair of defensive linemen last year, and apparently the Terps are tracking the Key Stone State beef once again in this recruiting class. West Chester East (West Chester, Pa.) defensive tackle Kevin Murphy, who holds offers from Cincinnati, UConn, Navy, Middle Tennessee and Western Michigan, recently came in contact with UMD area recruiter John Dunn and subsequently visited College Park, Md., May 1.
"It was such a good trip that everything stood out, honestly," said Murphy, who actually visited Maryland last summer when he and his father stopped by just to check out the campus. "Really, the whole trip just reassured me of how nice everything was there the last time I visited with my dad last summer. I had a blast."
On this particular visit, Murphy was joined by both his father and brother. They spent the majority of the day with Dunn, who led them around College Park in a golf cart.
"Coach Dunn was terrific. He took us all around and showed us what Maryland was all about," Murphy said. "The campus was absolutely beautiful. It was a nice spring day, the flowers were blooming, and it looked really nice. Maryland is huge, and it really looks like a great place to be.
"And the whole time Coach Dunn was just really having a good time with us. We were talking about the program, what their plans are for the future, the Big Ten move and the new indoor practice facility. It was really informative, and I really enjoyed talking to him. I only recently started talking to him, and he's a great person to know."
In particular, that practice facility Murphy mentioned left an impression. Evidently Murphy was shown drawings and pictures, and the big defensive tackle came away raving. Of course, the Under Armour gear inside the current team house caught his eye as well.
"It was insane – really gorgeous," Murphy said of the planned facility. "It made me really excited about Maryland. Just from the drawings I can tell it's going to be massive and awesome.
"And the Under Armour affiliation, with the Kevin Plank connection, it's just like Oregon has with Nike. All the stuff they have there is really, really cool, and it's attractive to recruits like myself."
Murphy and his father also spent a good deal of time chatting up head coach Randy Edsall. The Pennsylvania tackle said UMD's headman and his father spent a good 25 minutes talking, while Murphy himself enjoyed had a solid one-on-one as well.
"I talked to Coach Edsall for awhile and he's a really good dude – a down-to-earth guy," Murphy said. "I like that about him; he's a good guy to have running your program.
"He showed us around the complex and really did a good job with us. Honestly, we were having a blast, and it nothing too serious. We were just hanging out and talking. Coach Edsall is great."
So, about that scholarship offer … Murphy still lacks one from UMD, and it might take him a bit to secure it.
"We're still moving along with the recruiting process. Maryland said they'll be looking at me more now, and Coach Dunn wants to see my first two games from this year," Murphy said. "Then we'll see what happens down the line… Coach Dunn likes my film now and how I have a high motor and play with tenacity -- those qualities really excited the coaches. They just want to see me at camp and some film from this year."
Murphy plans to return for a UMD one-day this June. He said not only will it give Maryland a chance to further evaluate him, but he wants to get a better idea how the coaches work with the players.
"It's definitely a good idea to go to camps of schools you're interested in, not just so their coaches can look at you, but so you can see what they're like," Murphy said. "I want to see how Maryland's coaches go through drills, how they handle thee guys, how they treat the players. That's something I want to see so I know what I'd be getting into if I were given the chance to go there. So I'm very excited for that."
Naturally, Murphy does have other options to consider and other schools he'll be looking at. He plans to check out all the schools that have offered him, including Cincinnati, UConn, Navy, Middle Tennessee and Western Michigan. That's in addition to those programs that are showing strong interest like Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia, Purdue and others.
Murphy has already visited UMD, Boston College, Temple, Penn State, Rutgers, Pitt and UVA.
"There are a lot of places I'm going to be looking at. Any team that offers me or shows a lot of interest I'm going to try and get to," Murphy said. "And honestly, right now, coaches are flooding my high school. So I'll have to sit down with my family and decide what'll work for us. One thing is we're really big on education, so we'll probably visit those schools that have very good academic reputations."
Right now Murphy claims no early leaders or offers he'd like to procure.
"No real standouts yet. I'm still in the evaluation stage, and it's early in the process," Murphy said. "I'll hold off on [naming leaders] until I visit all these schools. Then I'll be able to have a better idea where I want to go."
The Key Stone State tackle has no timetable for making a decision, either. In fact, he said it could come anytime.
"It could be tomorrow, it could be in the summer, it could be after the season," said Murphy, who had 88 tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and two recoveries last year. "It's whenever I feel it's the right time, and whenever I feel I've collected enough information to make an informed decision."
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