Checking in with Clarence Murphy

TSR checks in with 2010 Terps commit Clarence Murphy to find out how the offseason is going.

The University of Maryland's 2010 recruiting class is expected to be a big part of turning the program around after an abysmal year that saw the Terps finish with a 2-10 record and only one win against an FBS opponent.

A key member of their incoming class is Clarence Murphy, a defensive end from Hollywood Hills HS (Hollywood, Fla.), who is a piece in a strong defensive group coming in, which also includes Scout 4-star linebacker Javarie Johnson.

When asked his thoughts his fellow 2010 recruits coming to College Park, Murphy was excited.

“I'm really fired up,” Murphy said. “I have two of my teammates at quarterback, and I met Titus Till, and I'm really looking forward to being there in the next three or four years.”

Murphy is a little undersized for a defensive end at 6-3, 230 lbs., but says he plans on working with Maryland's heralded strength and conditioning staff to get bigger.

“I'm just going to do whatever they want me to do,” he said. “I know some people judge me as an undersized rusher, but I'm a speed rusher. That's why my idol is Dwight Freeney, because he's undersized and a dominant rusher and he comes off the edge.”

Though Freeney may be his idol, he says his game more resembles a first-round quality prospect in the upcoming NFL draft.

“After watching Brandon Graham this season, I see myself there, kind of like him,” said Murphy. “He's also an undersized end, not that tall, but he's quick, explosive and a dominant pass rusher. Hopefully I get to his level and surpass him, but all things come with time.”

Murphy said his biggest weakness on the playing field is a lack of explosion off the ball, and that he plans on working on his quickness. However, when asked what he considers his one biggest strength, he had difficulty finding an answer.

“I'm not really sure,” he said. “I guess my intensity. I'm always eager to go, I'm fired up and I have a motor. I like moving around on the field, just making plays.”

Murphy said the reason he chose Maryland was educational - he wants to be a criminology and criminal justice major, and Maryland's program is the best in the country. He also said that because Maryland played so many freshmen last year, he feels he has a chance to play very early on.

The Terps are going to need his playmaking ability next year as they try to rebound from the worst season in the program's history, and Murphy thinks that the infusion of the new talent will help with the turnaround.

“I'm definitely thinking about coming in and contributing my energy,” he said. “Just keeping the team fired up, bringing in new blood, keeping the program alive.”

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