Towering OL 'Shocked' By SMU Offer

SMU recently extended an offer to Belton offensive lineman Justin Murphy

Belton (TX) offensive lineman Justin Murphy was recently surprised by the SMU coaching staff when he was extended an offer from the Mustangs.

Murphy, who stands at 6-foot-8, 276-pounds was ‘shocked' by the offer and says he is very intrigued.

"I forgot the coaches name who told me, but I was shocked," he said. "I had no idea something so big would come so soon. It is just so humbling. I like the offense SMU runs. It is very similar to mine in high school which is nice because I am comfortable with that."

The Mustangs are not alone in the hunt for Murphy, as he has offers from Texas State and Central Arkansas, and has been in touch with many other schools including Baylor, which he visited for junior day.

"I talked to Texas today," he said. "Baylor, Navy, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have also talked to me."

Despite receiving interest from so many schools, Murphy says he has no leaders as of now and wants to leave no stone unturned when it comes to his recruitment.

"I don't have any leaders now. I'm trying to keep all of my options open at this point. I'm focused on finding the best fit for me, and the program that I want to go to most," he said. "I don't care about going out of state if the best program is out of state."

No matter what school calls, Murphy has honed in on a few specific aspects of what he is looking for in whatever program he eventually attends.

"Education comes first, getting a degree is the most important," he said. "I'm not looking to go to the NFL or something like that, so definitely academics. Also having a good relationship with the offensive line coach because I'll be spending a lot of time with him."

For now, Murphy says he is excited for his upcoming season, and is preparing this offseason, not only for this final high school season, but also for college.

"Definitely footwork," he said. "It is key for my position so I am trying to get it to the level I'll need it for in college."

Murphy hopes to visit SMU sometime this summer.

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