European Born OT Hopes to Become a Bull

Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy offensive lineman, Matthew Murphy, has been recently fielding interest from the University of South Florida and is in the process of setting up a visit. Will the Bulls pull the trigger with an offer?

Possessing a frame of 6-foot-7, 295-pounds, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy has an emerging offensive tackle named, Matthew Murphy, who also made his way from overseas in England not too long ago. The massive offensive lineman has also missed five games this season to go along with his inexperience, which explains the lack of collegiate interest he's received thus far.

Murphy holds a single offer from the University of Buffalo and took a visit there during the season. Along with Bowling Green, FAU and Ball State, the University of South Florida has recently inquired about the European born athlete. As of now, no visit has been finalized to visit the instate program, but it's definitely in the process.

"Well, I'm setting up an official visit to USF, probably on the 31st," Murphy said. "If it all goes well, I hope to end up a Bull. I know a couple of kids on the team, and I unofficially visited about a month ago."

With new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Paul Wulff, taking over at South Florida, Murphy says it's his call on the possible scholarship offer. On Monday morning, Bulls' wide receiver coach and former IMG Instructor, David Reaves, made his way to his old stomping grounds to check in with the under the radar offensive lineman.

"No offer as of yet, but with the new offensive line coach coming in, it's his call," Murphy said. "My old head coach knows a lot of the staff over at USF. He (Reaves) said they were taking two more along the offensive lineman and that I would be in the mix for it all."

If a scholarship doesn't come through for Murphy, the Bulls' coaching staff will have other plans for the instate product, which he would gladly accept.

"Yes, I would accept it (preferred walk-on)," Murphy said. "They may offer me if the new coach and everybody else likes me on my official visit, and if they don't have the spots committed. They guaranteed at least a preferred walk-on spot."

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