"Right now I'd probably say Stanford and Cal are probably at my top with Washington," Murphy said. "I'm not really sure if I'd rank them (in order) right now just because I haven't really visited any of the schools yet so I'd like to check them all out."
Murphy talked about why that trio of schools stands out.
"I like that they're all the in the Pac-12 and they all have pretty promising football programs and also that they're all really good academic schools," Murphy said.
Murphy detailed what he thought about Cal, Stanford, and Washington.
Stanford – "I know they're a pretty good program now (compared to) the past years. I know they're a really, really good academic program and it's a really good campus up there."
Cal – "Cal I know is also a really good school and they've always been pretty good in the Pac-10."
Washington – "I don't really know a lot about Washington but I know they're a pretty decent school as well and I know they have a pretty good coaching staff."
Murphy, who received his Stanford offer while Stanford was in the midst of its coaching search last month, says he's been in contact with Cardinal assistant Brian Polian.
"(My contact has) been mostly with Brian Polian," Murphy said. "I've talked to him twice and the first time was when they offered me was they were still looking for a head coach and he was just talking about how he was pretty sure the head coach was already on staff so it was kind of already set.
"The next time I talked to him about going up to Stanford for a junior day later this month and making sure everything's all good."
The fact that Stanford, and a number of other schools, hold considerable interest in Murphy doesn't come as a huge surprise.
He's one of the best offensive linemen on the West Coast in a loaded year for talent at that position in the West.
"I think I'm pretty big, have a pretty decent frame that I can build weight on but I also think what stands out is I move pretty well," Murphy said. "I also think that coaches like to see I can put on a lot of weight but still be able to move pretty well."
Even so, Murphy said he has no plans to end his recruitment early – he'd like to take a few official visits before making a commitment.
"Right now I'm just keeping it open," Murphy said. "I want to see what all my options are and check everything out and then maybe take some official visits next year and have it narrowed down by then to a few schools."
When he does make his decision, Murphy will likely pick a school that fits him as a person and is strong academically.
"I think I want to go to a place that I feel real comfortable in where I fit very well with the kids that go there," Murphy said. "Also a good academic program and a football program where I think I can succeed and play, and the team's pretty good with a good program.
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