DeMarco Murray enjoyed himself on his previous visits to Oklahoma and Florida, but the visit to Southern Cal, during which the Trojans locked down a bid to the Rose Bowl by pounding rival UCLA, may have been the best so far.
"It went good, I had a great time down there with the players and stuff like that. I got to meet the coaches and got to know them a little bit more," Murray said
Backers of other teams always say that the fans at Southern Cal are a wine and cheese bunch, but Murray, from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, did not see it that way at all.
"I enjoyed the game atmosphere and I had a good time, he explained. It was just crazy. The fans were completely nuts. I did not really expect it to be like that.
For the time being Southern Cal may be in the lead, but Murray still plans to take at least one more visit, and he plans to head into that visit with an open mind.
"I have a visit set up to Penn State next weekend, and it is going to be the last visit I am going to take, he reported. I just feel more comfortable with them then any of the other schools at this time.
"I have been talking to Coach [Tom] Bradley for some time now, and we just kind of got this thing set up. I like Coach Bradley because he is just a straight up guy. He is going to tell you the truth and not just what you want to hear. He is down to earth and he is someone I think I can get along with.
"PSU wants to use me all over the field. They mentioned defensive back, but I think that they see me as someone who they want to get the ball to."
Murray plans to announce his intentions on what school he will attend at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio Jan. 7.