Latavius Murray has continued to grow into his late teens and now stands in at a barefoot 6-foot-4 according to the Nedrow, N.Y., native. With only 220 pounds packed onto his tall frame he may not have the look of a collegiate linebacker yet, but many programs are sure that he could become one over time at their school. Maryland joined Syracuse, Central Florida, Connecticut and Boston College today in the race for the Onondaga High School athlete and a certain school from the Big Ten seems pretty interested as well.
“I got an offer in the mail from Maryland today,” Murray said. “A coach had been up here in May and when he watched my film he was completely blown away and asked my coach if he could take it with him. My coach made him a copy right quick and he told me that he’d be in touch once he and the rest of the coaching staff had the time to sit down and evaluate it.”
“It was exciting to pick up another offer from a quality program,” Murray added. “I don’t know a whole lot about Maryland to tell you the truth, but they play in a good conference in the ACC and have a big campus from what I hear. They are recruiting me to play the SAM linebacker spot that Shawne Merriman played there. I play both running back and linebacker now and believe I have the athleticism to play the position at the level they would need me too, so I am fine playing on the defensive side of the ball.”
“Right now I am trying to get up to Boston College, Maryland and Michigan to visit the campuses and try to narrow this thing down already,” Murray explained. “Michigan told me they like me at linebacker as well and really want me to get up there for camp so they can get one more look if I can. Michigan plays a tough schedule every year and when I was up on campus to see Mike Hart play last season I really liked the campus and thought it was a cool place. Mike and I talk once or twice a week and as a matter of fact I just got off the phone with him before calling you. He has just been giving me some tips on all this and has kind of been a mentor for me as well as a friend.”
As a junior at Onondaga High School, Murray rushed for 2,017 yards and 32 touchdowns, earning first-team All-CNY, All-League and All-State honors.