Murray picks Sooners over Trojans

Las Vegas, Nev. five-star running back DeMarco Murray picks Oklahoma over USC.

Oklahoma landed their first five-star commitment for the 2006 class on Saturday when Las Vegas, Nev. running back DeMarco Murray chose the Sooners over USC.

"I choose the University of Oklahoma," said Murray as he tossed down a USC hat in favor of an OU cap during the fourth quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.

Murray, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, rushed for 1,947 yards and 27 touchdowns during his senior year at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. He also caught 22 passes for 623 yards and seven touchdown receptions.

"DeMarco is one of the most versatile and explosive running backs in the country," said Bishop Gorman head coach Dave White. "His ability to make people miss, running a 4.4 to 4.3 40 with his size, makes him an incredible weapon on the field.

"Plus, he has wide receiver skills. You can do so many different things with him. He's physical and tough too. He's a total team player. Loves to win. In my opinion, he's as good or better than any running back playing in the All-American game."

In addition to Oklahoma and USC, Murray also visited Florida and was offered by Michigan, Penn State, Texas A&M and Miami.


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