OT prospect (6-7) takes in OSU experience

OREGON STATE is in the midst of spring ball but recruiting never stops. Corvallis has seen a steady stream of visitors for the Beavers' practice sessions and one who traveled up from California this past weekend stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 255-pounds. The offensive tackle prospect, says his prep coach, has impressive leg drive, loads of room to pack on the pounds, and loads of potential.

"You could see the difference in the surrounding areas, the environment," said Kevin Murphy, who hails from San Clemente, Calif., just south of Los Angeles. "Corvallis is kind of a college town, too. That was really nice, pretty fun. The campus was really beautiful."

Other schools showing interest include Washington State, Stanford, Notre Dame, UCLA, Boston College and ASU. Murphy, a 4.0 student, is also drawing early attention from most of the Ivy League.

"Not only does he have a great frame -- the kid seems like he's growing through his shoes -- he's eating weights and has a really good diet. He's just having a hard time putting on weight because he's still getting taller," said San Clemente coach Eric Patton.

"But the thing that makes him special, he has great potential. Notre Dame and some of the bigger schools like to get them ready-made, take no risks, get a finished product...but if a school like a Notre Dame doesn't go on him, I think there will be plenty of schools out there who would love to give him an opportunity to play Division I football at a high academic standard."

Murphy, a first team all-league selection as a junior, looks to be still growing and isn't anywhere close to filling out yet, says Patton. His work ethic, however, is second to none.

"Kevin's one of my favorites," said Patton. "He needs to put on weight and get stronger but he has a great work ethic in the weight room, he really lifts hard."

Murphy also has surprising athleticism for his size and despite not being close to where he's going to end up physically, his ability to get off the ball and move the opponent is striking.

"What makes him special out on the football field is that he has tremendous (leg) drive. I've been a head coach for over 15 years, coaching for about 30, and a lot of times the big guys for whatever reason, lack some drive. And he has great focus, concentration on his goals. I think he's going to do very, very well no matter what environment he finds himself in," said Patton.

Distance could play a role in his decision but the key consideration will be education, said Murphy.

"Education is the key to living a successful life, so education will be important. But then also, a good football team," he said.

Murphy also visited Washington State this past weekend and has been to UCLA and San Diego State on unofficial visits. UCLA, about 45 minutes away, is the one he's most familiar with, but Murphy says he has no leaders and is open to all.

"I haven't really zeroed in on a school yet," he said.

Murphy left Washington State and Oregon State without an offer, although that's not too surprising as schools often want to evaluate a prospect in their camp or in action during their senior year. He's in the process of making definitive camp and combine plans for the spring and summer with those on his schedule to date including the Scout.com combine, NIKE, Adidas and the UCLA camp.

Other San Clemente potential D-I level recruits include Brad Curtis, (QB, 6.4, 185), a pocket passer who was first team all league last year, Andrew Douglas, (LB, 6.1, 225, 4.8) and Taylor Patton (LB/SS/RB, 6.0, 200, 4.5).

Kevin Murphy profile

BeaverBlitz Top Stories