Given an Opening, five-star OL Murphy stars

If there was any doubt, Kyle Murphy confirmed his status as one of the nation's elite prospects with a standout performance at The Opening camp in Oregon earlier this month. The five-star offensive lineman universally impressed observers at the Nike-sponsored recruit showcase with his blocking abilities.

Back at his Southern California home, Kyle Murphy spoke to The Bootleg about The Opening, and provided an update on his recruitment.

"I got back last Sunday," Murphy said. "I'm back into things, back in my normal routine and all that."

"I thought the whole thing, the whole setup [of the camp] was really good. Every day they were keeping us busy with a bunch of stuff, obviously a lot of NIKE stuff, a lot of good people there, ex-NFL guys, current NFL guys, so that was pretty good.

"As far as the football part of it, in general it was real good, hands-on coaching, because there were only like 16 offensive linemen there, so you were able to work in small groups, get taught a lot and compete with the defensive line. We were actually able to watch film of us and have coaches critique us."

Murphy felt the individual attention helped him improve over the duration of the event.

"It was pretty good," Murphy said. "I got a lot better from start to finish. I would say I had a pretty good camp overall."

With the camp now behind him, Murphy plans to have a low-key summer. He doesn't have any other trips or camps planned. He does, however, plan to officially narrow down his list of schools soon.

"I haven't officially done it yet," Murphy said. "I kind of have an idea of what my top schools would be right now at least. I think I'll probably have it narrowed down by the end of this month. I don't really want to have a bunch of schools still around that I kind of know I'm not going to go to waste their time, waste my time."

Like it has been for most of Murphy's recruitment, Stanford is still right in the mix with the talented prospect. Murphy maintains regular contact with several Cardinal coaches.

"Our main connection has been on Facebook, just seeing what's up," Murphy said. "Then just me calling them. I talk to a couple coaches there. I probably talk to each one like once a week. That's where our relationship is usually."

Murphy recently began work on the Stanford application. He hopes to complete it by the end of summer.

"I started working on that, I've looked at it quite a bit," Murphy said. "It's definitely a big process to do compared to the other universities around, in terms of Division One at least, so I still have a ways to go on it."

"I think I kind of want to do it before summer ends because they were talking about getting it to the Admissions Office before my season started so I'd know if I was in or if I needed to do anything else to get in."

Murphy confirmed he was setting up his fall schedule with an eye on meeting Stanford's admissions requirements.

"I pretty much have my schedule set up," Murphy said. "Like I said, it's definitely a school I'm looking at pretty hard, it's definitely the hardest school to get into, so I'm kind of prepping myself in case I wanted to go there. I don't want there to be any trouble and everything would be all straightened up."

Murphy reports a 3.98 GPA and plans to take a standardized test for the first time in the fall.


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