"I just got off the phone with coach Stroud, and I'm coming up this Friday."
NC State's upcoming official visit weekend was already stocked with blue-chip talent but the list became even more impressive when WR Louis Murphy (6-3, 180 pounds 4.5-seconds in the 40) from Lakewood High School in St Petersburg, Fla recently told Pack Pride he intends to make the trek to Raleigh later this week.
Murphy, one of Florida's premier wide-outs, had hoped for huge results during his senior season but much of that was derailed when Lakewood lost it's starting QB due to a dislocated shoulder.
"We had a pretty good season but unfortunately our QB got hurt at the beginning of the season," said Murphy. "I was still able to put up nine touchdowns but that was mostly on special teams and defense. We were a wing-T offense to begin with and we were going to a more wide open offense. But when our QB got hurt we had to go back to the wing-T. I pretty much played both ways. I lined up at free safety on defense but I'll be playing wide receiver in college."
A Royal Palms all-star game selection, Murphy made an early commit to Florida. He remains committed to Florida but has decided to take a look around to ensure he has plenty of options come signing day. One of the schools he'll be taking a close look at is NC State and he talked about his impressions of the Wolfpack.
"Coach Stroud has done a good job of staying in touch with me and he's been there with me all along," said Murphy. "He's from my hometown and he's a good coach. He just makes me feel like I'm wanted there at NC State, like I'm a part of the family. Plus, I came up there over the summer and I liked it. Of course, I committed to Florida and I'm still committed but obviously the coach got fired so I just want to keep my options open and see what these other schools have to offer."
In addition to the Wolfpack, Murphy has several other schools he plans to explore in the not-so-distant future.
"I'm planning on visiting NC State, Maryland, Iowa and Ole Miss. I may also take an official visit to Florida State. All of those schools have offered me."
Murphy is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 34 WR in the nation by Scout.com.Video 1 – Louis Murphy (WR)
Video 2 – Louis Murphy (WR)
*** Video courtesy of The Forbes Report
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