Oregon continues to be in hot pursuit of one of the West region’s elite defensive linemen in lanky and athletic Connor Murphy, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect out of Brophy Prep in Phoenix (Ariz.). With fall fast approaching, Murphy spoke with eDuck.com about where the Ducks stand with him and he said that his relationship with outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander has continued to develop in a positive way. “I have a huge relationship with Coach Chinander,” he said. “Me and him probably talk on Twitter every other night. He was just asking me today about my first game and he was just talking about how they’re about to get done with camp week and all that great stuff.”
Murphy is heading into his senior season and, along with a staggering 38 other returning seniors, is expecting some big things. One thing he expects from him and his teammates is strong leadership and Murphy himself, knowing that he’ll be viewed as a major threat by other programs up front, hopes the attention turned on him will result in some big stats for his teammates.
“I’m sure I’m going to be getting double, triple teamed a lot just like I was last year, he said. “Even if that affects me negatively that’s going to open up a lot of holes for our middle linebackers and other d-linemen.”
Recruiting will almost assuredly take a back seat for the four-star defensive end during the season, who said that a familiar group of programs are still pushing hard for him.
“Really it’s just been the same schools,” he said. “Pretty much Oregon, Michigan, USC, UCLA, Vanderbilt and a couple other schools I can’t think of right now.”
Murphy is unsure of where and when he’ll take his official visits but acknowledged that the aforementioned programs have the best shot at receiving visits. He does know he’ll take all five visits, but the dates are still to be determined.
“Right now it’s just football season and I have to focus on that,” he said. “More towards the end of the season and after the season for sure I’ll be taking more official visits.
Back at the beginning of the summer, Murphy hinted at dropping a top five list near the end of the summer. However, after careful consideration, he’s decided to hold off on that announcement and further evaluate the programs before releasing a list.
“It’s just hard to come up with a top five right now when I’ve only visited three schools,” he said. “Probably in a couple more months or midseason I’ll try and come out with that.”