Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive lineman Chris Murray has been one of the hottest linemen in the West this spring. Scholarship offers continue to roll in seemingly every other day, but despite have double-digit offers, there is one school Murray is still hoping to receive.
“My uncle, Aaron Emanuel, went to USC, so hopefully I get that [offer],” Murray said. “But I’m just honored to get all the Pac-12 offers I have right now.
While Emanuel was a tailback and a fullback at USC in the 1980s, his nephew will be blocking for the ballcarriers. Murray lived in Fort Worth, Texas earlier in his lifer, but is now part of a dynamic Mater Dei line that will return all five starters next season.
For the Monarchs, Murray is blocking for one of the nation’s top quarterbacks and one of the best receiving corps in Southern California. It’s something he hopes to do at the next level as well — an opportunity USC could provide with their rich history of playmakers at each position.
It’s the Trojan tradition that has sparked Murray’s interest.
“My uncle has a big influence in that, always trying to pipe the USC dream into me,” Murray said. “It’s just I’ve been around the culture, the USC culture my whole life, so it would be great to get offered by them.”
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound three-star prospect sees himself as a guard, but believes he can also move to center in college, if needed. He has been in regular communication with USC Assistant Personnel Director & NFL Research Eric Ziskin, but has yet to speak with offensive line coach Neil Callaway.
While he hopes to hear more from the Trojans, Murray is planning a trip to UCLA with fellow Mater Dei lineman Tommy Brown and wants to make the trip to Washington as well as Utah during this offseason.
USC recruiting analyst Gerard Martinez contributed to this story.
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