Location: Fort Washington, Maryland
High School: Friendly Senior High School
SAT: (Retake pending)
Key Offers Stanford, UNC, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt
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Murphy started somewhat under the radar in this recruiting cycle. However, with reported offers from four BCS schools with over 10 months until signing day, Alameen Murphy profiles as a solid BCS-level player who is garnering significant attention from some very good programs.
Alameen Murphy is a technically solid player who displays good athleticism and toughness. Whether he is playing outside on an island at cornerback or inside the box as a safety, Murphy generally shows good technique against both the run and the pass. At cornerback, the Maryland prospect is often tested on deep fade routes when he lines up in press coverage. He could afford to stay square to the receiver a little longer and move laterally at times before opening up his hips, but he does turn and run well once it is time for him to swivel and sprint. He does seem to have long arms for his height, which increases his margin of error when in bump. His make-up speed after opening up is good enough to allow him to stay with receivers and allow him to use his very good ball skills to make plays on the ball. Playing the fade out of press coverage can be very challenging, and Murphy's video shows that he is up to that challenge. He finds the ball very well, which is difficult in and of itself, and he is able to adjust to what he finds in a fluid fashion. These abilities result in his defending balls with difficult flight patterns repeatedly in his junior video.
Murphy's hard-nosed play is evident in a significant part of his junior highlight video. From both the cornerback and safety positions, he shows a penchant for sticking his nose into run plays and making solid tackles. Almost half of his wide receiver highlights are blocks in which he is decleating would-be tacklers. His physicality is likely a good part of what attracts many of his suitors, and speaks to his attitude and love of contact given that he likely weighed in the 170-175 range as a junior. As he grows into his frame, his physicality will become more of a weapon.
Likely growth areas for Murphy will be plant-and-drive quickness and long speed. Most of his defensive back highlights are on deep routes when he has lined up in press coverage, so there is not much plant-and-drive on display. He shows some decent long speed, but while the recorded 40 time of 5.19 is not alarming when put in context of his video, it might still raise some questions. On the offensive side of the ball, he does show athleticism but not breakaway speed. While that doesn't necessarily directly translate to his "chasing" speed on the defensive side of the ball, there is usually some correlation. Ultimately, the ability to turn on that extra gear would be what will allow him to keep up with college-level wide receivers. How he develops in that area and his overall quickness will determine whether he will end up as a decent-sized cornerback on the next level or will need to bulk up and play exclusively on the inside at safety.
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