Murphy playing with a chip on his shoulder

Lake Michigan Catholic offensive tackle hoping to prove he can play at the Big Ten level this season as he looks for more offers to come his way.

Dekurtis Murphy is two games into his senior season and has been playing with a steady chip on his shoulder.

The St. Joseph (Mich.) Lake Michigan Catholic offensive lineman spent the summer camping, but also feeling slighted as he saw players he feels he stacks up with getting offers.

”It really kinda made me mad that I see a lot of guys offered that I know I can outplay,” he said. “Right now, I’m just having a heck of a senior season and I’m getting the film out each week instead of the end of the season.

”I think coming from a smaller school, they might be looking down a little bit, so I went to bigger camp and am getting out film early rather than waiting.”

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive tackle holds one offer at present, from I-AA Bryant University. He also took a recent visit to Grand Valley State, but is hoping for more as his recruitment continues.

“It’s kind of going up and down,” he said. “It’s not as fast as I would like it to be right now. That’s because a lot of coaches want to see my senior year highlight film.

”I’ve talked to a lot of coaches, Michigan State, Cincinnati and all around. They say you’re good, just get us your senior film and we will know if we want to offer you or not.”

As part of trying to show he can play at a high level, Murphy camped this summer at Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Sound Mind Sound Body, where he got in front of a lot of Big Ten schools.

”There are a lot of players there and I placed in the top 10 there both days I was there,” he said. “I was surprised I didn’t get more calls right after that.”

And where things sit, he still is hoping for more calls and interest as he plays through his senior year as he knows what he is trying to prove.

“That I can definitely play Division 1 football and I can most likely start my sophomore year at a Big Ten school,” he said.


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