2017 OLB Kenneth Murray (Greg Powers / SCOUT)

Breaking Down Oklahoma Early Enrollee Kenneth Murray

Scout and SoonersIllustrated.com take a closer look at Oklahoma signee and early enrollee Kenneth Murray, a Scout 300 four-star outside linebacker.

http://www.scout.com/player/193606-kenneth-murray/news?year=2016&s=73

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Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Fort Bend (Texas) Elkins

Size: 6-2, 215

Recruiting: Murray committed Aug. 10 to Oklahoma and has already enrolled early in Norman. Murray garnered offers from numerous programs across the nation, including Baylor, Cal, Houston, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, Utah, and others.

Rankings: Scout ranks Murray as the No. 255 overall prospect in the 2017 Scout 300. He's the No. 3 outside linebacker in the state of Texas and the No. 17 outside linebacker prospect nationally in this cycle.

Stats

2016: As a senior, Murray recorded 104 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble, six QB hurries, and six pass breakups.

2015: Murray had a breakout junior season with 56 tackles, nine tackles for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, five QB hurries, and four pass breakups.

Senior highlights

Evaluation notes

Kenneth Murray is a versatile linebacker prospect who has lined up at outside linebacker, defensive end, and even safety for a Texas Class 6A football program.

Murray flashes impressive athleticism on the field and in testing scenarios as he's been verified at 4.68 in the 40 and 4.34 in the shuttle. Murray projects as a potentially scheme-versatile outside linebacker in college. He possesses traits that fit a traditional 4-3 OLB, but has experience playing a standing edge role and could fit a 3-4 OLB position as well.

Murray closes quickly in backside pursuit and shows the athleticism to track sideline to sideline. He needs to improve his tackling technique and consistency and he can sometimes play a bit hesitant.

Overall, Murray's physical tools and potential are enough to get him Power Five conference offers. It will be interesting to see what type of scheme he plays in college given his versatility. -- Gabe Brooks

Strengths
  • Athleticism
  • Blitzing ability
  • Lateral movement

Areas to Improve
  • Tackling technique


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