Nebraska trying to pull one out of Nevada

One of the top players in the nation, again, will hail from Las Vegas, Nev. From Bishop Gorman High School. Last year, Ryan Reynolds was the headliner. The All-American linebacker had offers from just about everyone. This year, it will be a standout on the other side of the ball.

One of the biggest standouts at the Junior All-American combine and for this upcoming year will be Demarco Murray. The 6-foot-1 and 190 pound running back has had very successful seasons the past two years.

As a sophomore, Murray rushed for 1,395 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 9.3 yards per carry. Last year he had 1,271 yards for 12 touchdowns and averaged 9.14 yards per carry. Over the past two seasons he has caught 33 passes for over 500 yards and three more scores.

At the combine Murray put on a show, but he will say that it could have been better. Don't blame him though. He only had to wait about six hours before he could run his 40 and it was electronic on what should be considered a slower surface as compared to permanent field-turf surfaces.

"It went pretty good. I just messed up on my 40 that was the only thing that could have been better. Other than that I had pretty good one on one's and tested pretty well," Murray said.

"I didn't run the normal 4.4 that I usually do. I ran a 4.51 electronic. It was like 1:00 in the morning. I wasn't really ready I guess."

Murray usually runs in the 4.4 range, but claims to have run a 4.37. He has also had a pro agility time of 3.92, a 38" vertical jump and benches 240 pounds.

It's easy to see now why some of the nation's best have already ponied up offers or at least have started to send mail. "I just got three more offers this week actually. I have offers from Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Arizona, Texas A&M, Michigan and UNLV."

"I am hearing from UCLA, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and little bit from Oregon. I was a Michigan and Florida fan when I was growing up."

"Right now, everyone is the same. I pretty much like all of the teams that have offered me and are interested in me so far. Everyone is right there. There really isn't a favorite right now. I am going to start talking to my coaches so I can make a good decision."

One of the first schools to offer Murray was Nebraska. What are some of his thoughts about Nebraska?

"I think that they're a good school. I just found out that they signed Marlon Lucky and I think that there was another running back that they signed. They are still in the running right now, but I am not really sure about them. I am still interested in them."

What really put Murray on the map last year, other than his great season, was his performance at the Nike camp at Stanford last year. As a junior, he was rated the No. 1 running back. This summer Murray is planning on hitting a lot of camps.

"I know that I am going to the Nike camp at Stanford in May again. And I might go to a camp at Michigan, Oklahoma, and Arizona maybe. I am not sure yet."

So what does a running back do in the off-season that already almost has double-digit offers, sports a 4.4/40 and averages over nine yards per carry? He tries to get better.

"I want to get stronger and smarter. I will be in the weight room a lot and I would like to learn to be more patient to wait for the holes. I really want to work on my strength, my acceleration and my awareness."

Murray was named to USAToday's Top 10 Juniors in the nation. He is also rated as the No. 2 running back in the nation according to various publications. He was first team Junior All-American, All-State and All-Conference last year.

Coach White from Bishop Gorman was at the All-American combine in San Antonio and had this to say about Murray, "Demarco's athleticism combines fluid moves and second gear burst which allows him to be able to score on any play. He was our leading rusher and receiver and will play a variety of positions, both on offense and defense."

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