One of the standouts at the Nike Camp held at Penn State earlier this year was Friendly High School (Ft Washington, Md) CB Steve Murray. His performance was enough to catch the eye of NC State defensive back's coach Mike Reed who was in attendance and landed Murray solidly on the Wolfpack's recruiting radar.
At 5-10, 170 pounds and boasting solid 4.4-second speed in the 40 yard dash, Murray was in on 65 tackles as a junior. He also collected four interceptions and 12 pass breakups en route to all-county honors.
With heavy recruiting attention coming from NC State, Akron, Boston College, Delaware and Colorado among others, Murray decided to make a trip down to Raleigh this summer to work out in person for the Wolfpack coaches to improve his chance for an official scholarship offer.
"Coach Reed actually saw me up at the Nike Camp and told me that he wanted to offer me but he didn't have the power to make it official," said Murray. "He wanted me to come work out in front of the recruiting coordinator.
"So I came down to State and worked out there for one day. I thought I did pretty good but they told me that their recruiting of DB's was at a standstill. They said they had offers out to five DB's and I think they're waiting on those guys before they decide to offer anyone else."
While at State, Murray had a brief chance to check out some of the facilities and he came away thoroughly impressed.
"I liked it there," he said. "The atmosphere was really nice. We had a chance to see some of the facilities and they were great. We only got to see a little bit of it but what we did see was very impressive."
As he continues to wait for his first official scholarship offer, Murray said the Pack currently resides at the top of his wish-list.
"I would have to say that NC State is my top school right now," said Murray. "I really like that they are an ACC school and I've always wanted to play in the south. I'm hoping to get back down there for another visit but since the coaches can't call right now I need to get in touch with coach Reed about that."