Combine: LV Ath Likes U-M (w/ Action Shots, Stats)

<b>Action photos and initial stats and school preferences</b> have been added onto yesterday's GBW story-inteview with Athlete <b>Demarco Murray</b> from Las Vegas, Nevada.<br><br> Murray has been named on of <b>USA Today's Ten Junior to Watch</b>. And Murray, in turn, has been watching Michigan.<br><br>

Athlete Demarco Murray, the teammate of last year's Super-LB Ryan Reynolds from Bishop Gorman High School in Vegas, is considered easily one of the nation's top 100 Juniors.

Murray's Combine Stats: 6-0 1/4, 185 lbs., 4.51 (electronic) in the 40, a reported 10 bench press reps of 185 lbs. His listed college prefs, in order, "Wisconsin, Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska."

Murray has long listed U-M as one of his favorites -- the Bishop Gorman head coach, Dave White, told us this at LAST year's Army Combine, "Ryan (Reynolds) seems to like Oklahoma, but I have a sophomore (at the time) running back who has been a Michigan fan."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Murray ran an excellent 4.51 sec. (electronic) 40 at this year's Army combine. When we talked to him he told us he lists, "Michigan of course, and also Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Florida." (Note: Wisconsin, in the end, probably finished 2nd or at worst 3rd for Ryan Reynolds. Also, the fact that he listed the schools in a slightly different order in writing just means things are very early and fluid at this point.)

Murray plays running back (1,300 yards as a junior on 9-plus yards per carry; 1,400 as a soph) and safety in high school. But, according to Coach White, Demarco is being recruited by Michigan as ... "Defensive backs coach Ron English (who is U-M's West Coast recruiter) wants Demarco as a as a cornerback ... English has been by the school this winter."

And so the question is: can Murray play cornerback? DEFINITELY. He worked out with the running backs at the combine -- but he actually looks like the pro-type corner: he has a smooth and fluid style with outstanding quickness. And Coach White told us that Demarco is aware that his college future may well be at defensive back and that he is fine with that.

The Bishop Gorman kids are all extremely well coached (there were several at the Combine ... Coach White was an assistant coach for the East Team in Saturday's game and he brought about half-dozen of his kids to the Combine), and so they all were 'ahead of their class' as far as their ability to do drills, etc. In Demarco's case this skill level just added to his impressive performance at the Combine.

Coach White also told us, "I'll take Demarco and some teammates on a summer camp tour this summer ... we'll definitely make one of our stops at the Michigan Camp."

Demarco has a 2.6 GPA and has not yet taken a standardized test.

Michigan will definitely be a strong player in the Demarco Murray Sweepstakes.

Photos by Don Hoekwater / Staff

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