Not only has recruiting become a year round sport, but it has reached the point where colleges and prospects are thinking a year, sometimes two or more ahead. And while the 2014 football recruiting season is in full swing, the focus on 2015 is almost right there. Especially with football camp season being so big during the month of June.
One of the top 2015 prospects in the state of Missouri for 2015 who has been hitting the camp circuit, and will attending Mizzou's one day camp on Sunday, is Nixa RB Alec Murphy 6'1" 212 4.6 forty, 34" vertical, 4.1 shuttle time.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Murphy about his camp experiences at Nike and Under Armor, along with his upcoming camps with Northwestern and Mizzou.
"Both camps were great," said Murphy. "I learned a lot from stretching techniques and the importance of it, and from getting instructions from ex-NFL guys. I improved my cutting ability and was able to work on my blocking and catching ability. I took away from it the good drills, energy and cutting methods and will put it all to work this summer and fall."
Murphy, whose is originally from Mississippi, and whose great Uncle played for legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant, ran for 848 yards and 10 TDs in a shared role running the ball as a sophomore.
Up next for him is camps at Northwestern and Missouri. He spoke about both schools.
"I went to Mizzou's junior day and their spring game. I got the chance to talk to Coach Henson quite bit and really like him.They out did themselves at both and I had a great time. I am really impressed with the coaches, campus, students and education Missouri has. It was a good experience. Obviously, I like the Mizzou program. I am coming up there to perform to the best of my abilities at camp and hopefully impress then enough to earn an offer," he said.
Alec also felt the same way about his upcoming camp experience with Northwestern, and spoke about the Wildcats.
"Northwestern seems pretty interested. They invited me to their camp, and they are a great academic school. They have a good coach and good football program. I will do my best there and hope for the best and that they will offer me and opportunity. It's all about education for me. I want to go somewhere and play football and get a good college degree."
"I'm so excited getting these invites to camps. I just want to work hard and do my best. Then I want to come back and make something special happen this year with my team. I want to help them win a state championship,"said Murphy.
Murphy told me that he is going to have that same mentality when it comes time to pick a college.
"It would be nice to go to a school that does nothing that win and is a football factory, but I want to help create something special. Help build a team and win a championship at a school that maybe has never been done before. That's what I love the though of doing," he said.
The talented running back will also play some linebacker this season at Nixa. He is a unique combination of size,speed and strength.He attended the Elite Football combine back in March where he also excelled and was among the top performers. He just consistently gets better and has done so without spending a lot of time training yet.
"A lot of it is just natural I guess," said Murphy, who bench maxes 300lbs, squats 440lbs, power cleans 280lbs and dead lifts 420lbs. "I have got into the weight room and I am doing work, but I haven't really done a lot of training before that."