Demarco Murray Counting the Offers

One of the top running back prospects in the country, <b>Demarco Murray</b> of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nv., is already up to ten offers. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Thursday with Murray about his options and early recruiting plans. <br>

(Note: for GBW's scouting report with action photos of Murray at the US Army Combine, click HERE.)
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GoBlueWolverine Magazine came across the name of running back Demarco Murray of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev., the same school that produced top linebacker Ryan Reynolds, at the 2004 Stanford Nike Camp. Bishop Gorman coach David White said that, in addition to Reynolds (who at the time still listed Michigan as one of his top schools), he had a young running back who was also very interested in Michigan. On Thursday GBW spoke with that running back to see where things stand at this point. "I have offers from Oklahoma, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Michigan, LSU and Texas A&M," he said. "Right now I don't have a favorite because I want to take my time getting to know the coaches at each school and get a feel for how I like them."

The 6-foot-0, 185-pound Murray said every school that has contacted him is recruiting him for the running back position - except one. "Michigan is recruiting me as a defensive back," he said. "I don't have a problem with that, I like playing defense and will play there in college if I can." He added that Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English is recruiting him for Michigan.

In January, Murray was in attendance at the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio, Texas. He reports a 4.51 in the 40 (electronic on a slow indoor carpet; in addition there were so many participants that the 40 heats went on well past midnight) to go with a 37-inch vertical leap. He said he put up 185-pounds on the bench press ten times. "I max about 225-235," he said. GBW's scouting report after watching him at length at the Army Combine: SMOOOOTH. The guy is smooth as butter, with great hips -- but with an air of physicality about him as well. Simply put, the game comes easy to him.

In addition to the '04 Stanford Nike and '05 Army camps, Murray said he attended the ASU camp last summer. This year he said he plans on returning to the Stanford Nike but doesn't know which school camps if any he'll attend. "I probably won't attend any Junior Days," he said.

Murray had a chance to show off his athleticism when Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops stopped by Bishop Gorman during their recruitment of Reynolds, and stopped by the basketball gym to take a peek at Murray, whom the Sooners had yet to offer. "I decided to do a little showboating, so I threw the ball up against the back wall, caught it with one hand and went up for the dunk."

Last season Murray said he had over 1400-yards rushing along with 14 touchdowns in eight games. He said he is now playing hoops for the Gaels. Bishop Gorman football went 8-2 last season, losing 17-14 to Cheyenne of North Las Vegas in the second round of the state tournament. Murray said he carries a 2.67 grade-point-average and took the ACT ob Feb. 12. He said he'd like to major in business or sports management in college.

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