Kevin Murphy talks Navy

Kevin Murphy is the kind of gritty, hard-nosed player Navy has done well recruiting in recent years. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive lineman out of West Chester (Penn.) East High School received a visit last week from Navy coach Dale Pehrson and also learned he had a brand new offer.

"I bumped into Coach Pehrson yesterday," Murphy told "He was at my schools talking with one of my coaches and he told me that Navy really likes me and that I could add an offer to my list from them.

"Navy is a school that I'm really going to strongly consider. Where do you start? I liked the whole thing, the military, the dedication, playing beside a bunch of bad ass guys. It's a program with a ton of tradition. Everywhere you go people know about the Naval Academy and respect it.

"I like that they like me at defensive end. Some of my other offers like, UConn, see me at nose guard, but I love coming off the edge. Navy plays tough, power football on both sides of the ball and that's how I play. The whole deal with staying in five years after college is great. I feel like I'll be set up for life. They gets thousands of applicants every year but only take 1100 so it's very prestigious. It blows my mind they want me. I'm very honored. I'm receiving interest from a lot of different programs but no matter who comes in, I believe Navy will be always be in the mix of my top schools until I make a final decision. I'm hoping to go to Annapolis in a couple of weeks with my dad. I've heard the campus is beautiful."

Murphy's offers are from Cincinnati, MTSU, Navy, UConn, Western Michigan, and Monmouth. He's also getting interest from Boston College, Penn State, Pitt, Temple, among others. Murphy said that his decision on college will ultimately be a family one.

In his junior season at West Chester East, Murphy had 90 tackles, four and a half sacks, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries while missing a few games with a dislocated shoulder. He was named first team All-Ches-Mont-National League in 2013. Top Stories