Oregon "Definitely" One Of Murphy's Top Picks

The West Coast is littered with premium talent at the offensive line positions for the Class of 2012 and San Clemente (CA) four-star offensive tackle Kyle Murphy is no exception. After visiting Eugene last Saturday for the Oregon Junior Day, eDuck spoke with Murphy to get his impressions from the weekend.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?


Has coach Steve Greatwood been your main recruiter through out the recruiting process?

"Yeah. Coach (John) Neal is my recruiting area guy. I guess he went down to my school once in like the winter, but I guess I wasn't there or something -- I must have been taking a final -- so I wasn't able to meet him or anything, but mostly it's been Greatwood. I think Neal is mostly the one who has been coming down to the school and stuff."

How often have you been in contact with Oregon throughout the recruiting process?

"I remember getting some kind of flashy letters from them back in December. I think it was early February, I called Greatwood to make the first contact with them and he said, 'I like your stuff a lot,' but that they don't offer people until they see them in person. Then, a couple weeks later, I got a message from him telling me to call him and I guess they kind of made up their mind that they wouldn't offer me then. So, I've kinda been in contact with them for a couple of months, but not a whole lot...I'd say (I'm in touch) once every couple weeks."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I'd put it really high up there. Some of the schools that are sticking out to me right now are Stanford, Oregon, USC, Cal is good, Notre Dame is good...a bunch of school have a bunch of stuff to give. Oregon is definitely up there. They're definitely one of my top picks right now."

Describe your overall experience at the Oregon Junior Day.

"Well the Junior Day itself was on Saturday, but me and my parents got in on Friday and we were able to stay there the whole weekend. Friday, they kind of showed us the whole athletic facilities and they're whole athletic building and stuff and on Saturday it was mainly going to practice. We got to go to the offensive line meetings, I watched practice, and we had training table with the team afterwards. On Sunday, we got to go back to the academic side of things and went to the academic center and they kind of showed us some of the things. We talked to some of the main academic staff for the sports programs and then went and kind of toured the academic building. That's pretty much how the whole weekend went."

Was this your first time in Eugene?

"No, it was my first time up in that whole area...I like it up there. It's definitely a beautiful place. I like how the city revolves around the college and that it's kind of a small town that's just focused in on the college. It's a real pretty area, so I like it up there."

What was the experience like being able to interact with the coaching staff on a more personal, one-on-one level for the first time?

"I like them all a lot. A lot of them have been there for awhile and it kind of shows that. They have that coaching stability and they all seem to like it cause they've been there for such a long time. With coach Greatwood specifically, I kinda like that he's down-to-earth and he's not really caught up in the whole 'Oregon, flashy stuff'. He's just a football coach."

Did you get a chance to interact with any of the other recruits who were in Eugene for the Junior Day? What were their impressions?

"A lot of guys kinda liked the fast-paced tempo of the practice and just the whole football program, in general. I think we all got a pretty good feel from it."

What about the visit stood out to you the most, personally?

"The whole thing, facility wise, was pretty over-the-top, ridiculous and nice and stuff. We got a tour of the stadium on Friday and that was pretty awesome too. They took us to Phil Knight's suite in the stadium and that was pretty sweet. It was all real nice up there."

Was there an urge deep within yourself or from the coaching staff for you to make a commitment?

"No, there was no pressure at all. When I make a commitment, I kinda want to make sure I'm sure about it. I don't want to be one of those guys that commits and then de-commits. I kinda want to make sure I know that the school is right for me. I can't just make my decision off an emotional decision. I didn't really feel too much of an urge, but I was definitely impressed by it. I think it raised their interest level from my viewpoint."

After your Junior Day visit, do you feel you're any closer to a time when you would like to have a decision made?

"I still want to take some officials. Ideally, I'd hope to narrow it down by summer time. I already have an idea of which schools I'm gonna narrow it down to...I'd like to decide after my football season I think."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I think I'm a big offensive lineman with good flexibility in my hips and I'm athletic in my thighs and I'm aggressive when I block."

Is there anyone at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?

"No, not really. I take the coaching I get from other people and try to improve myself."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I want a place with a good, solid football program that can win games and that I think I can have success in. I want a good school where I can get a solid degree, where, after football I can get a good job. I want a place I think I can fit in with as far as the team and the whole area and just be real happy where I'm at. Those are kinda like the main things."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"No, I haven't really thought of anything specifically, but I kinda have a few ideas. Business maybe, or engineering, or sports medicine maybe depending on which school I go to."

What are some of the schools that you currently have offers from?

"Duke, SMU, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Michigan, Notre Dame, Auburn, and Arizona State."

Do you have any plans to go to any camps? Unofficial visits? Junior Days?

"I don't have anything planned right now, but there is USC and UCLA right up the road from me...I might stop up there one of these days. As far as camps go, I'm not really sure. I'm not gonna go to any of those Nike camps or anything, but I might do a few school camps -- like a one-day camp to get a feel for the coaching staff -- but other than that, I don't really want to risk myself getting hurt before my senior season or anything like that. I think I'm gonna hang low mostly."

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