Typically, colleges convert high school linemen to the center position because good high school centers with the ability to play on the college level are difficult to find. This convertion is not needed for Tom River East High School's Mike Murphy. He is among the best center prospects in the state of New Jersey. Murphy's athletic abilities are not just confined to the baseball and football fields. He is also a member of the track and basketball teams.
Although he is better known for his abilities on the baseball diamond rather than the gridiron, where he is a standout first baseman, his future appears to be in football.
This past season, Murphy focused more on football and obtained 3rd Team all-conference. This increased focus helped college recruiters to take notice of this 6'4"-265lbs prospect. Syracuse, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Duke, and Rutgers have been flooding Murphy's mailbox with letters.
Murphy does not have a favorite among these schools but he plans on attending the camps of a number of these schools to develop a favorites list. Although he is not definite on which schools he will camp at, there are two that he will likely attend - Rutgers and Maryland. He camped at both of them last year and he welcomes another opportunity to impress the coaching staff at each school.
For now, Murphy will look to improve on his 280lbs bench press and 440lbs squat
with increased focus and time in the weight room.