California hoss enjoys WSU Junior Day

THE FINAL DAY of Washington State's spring session also marked the Cougs' Junior Day, an early chance for the WSU coaching staff and some of the '08 prospects to meet face to face. One who traveled up from California stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 255-pounds. The offensive tackle prospect, says his prep coach, has impressive leg drive, loads of room to pack on the pounds, and loads of potential.

"It was nice up there," said Kevin Murphy. "Bill Doba seemed like a nice guy and good coach. The campus is really nice."

Other schools showing interest include Oregon State, Stanford, Notre Dame, UCLA, Boston College and ASU. Murphy, a 4.0 student, is also drawing early attention from most of the Ivy League.

"Not only does he have a great frame -- the kid seems like he's growing through his shoes -- he's eating weights and has a really good diet. He's just having a hard time putting on weight because he's still getting taller," said San Clemente coach Eric Patton.

"But the thing that makes him special, he has great potential. Notre Dame and some of the bigger schools like to get them ready-made, take no risks, get a finished product...but if a school like a Notre Dame doesn't go on him, I think there will be plenty of schools out there who would love to give him an opportunity to play Division I football at a high academic standard."

Murphy, a first team all-league selection as a junior, looks to be still growing and isn't anywhere close to filling out yet, says Patton. His work ethic, however, is second to none.

"Kevin's one of my favorites," said Patton. "He needs to put on weight and get stronger but he has a great work ethic in the weight room, he really lifts hard."

Murphy also has surprising athleticism for his size and despite not being close to where he's going to end up physically, his ability to get off the ball and move the opponent is striking.

"What makes him special out on the football field is that he has tremendous (leg) drive. I've been a head coach for over 15 years, coaching for about 30, and a lot of times the big guys for whatever reason, lack some drive. And he has great focus, concentration on his goals. I think he's going to do very, very well no matter what environment he finds himself in," said Patton.

Distance could play a role in his decision but the key consideration will be education, said Murphy.

"Education is the key to living a successful life, so education will be important. But then also, a good football team," he said.

Murphy also visited Oregon State this past weekend and has been to UCLA and San Diego State on unofficial visits. UCLA, about 45 minutes away, is the one he's most familiar with, but Murphy says he has no leaders and is open to all.

"I haven't really zeroed in on a school yet," he said.

Murphy left Washington State and Oregon State without an offer, although that's not too surprising as schools often want to evaluate a prospect in their camp or in action during their senior year. He's in the process of making definitive camp and combine plans for the spring and summer with those on his schedule to date including the combine, NIKE, Adidas and the UCLA camp.

Other San Clemente potential D-I level recruits include Brad Curtis, (QB, 6.4, 185), a pocket passer who was first team all league last year, Andrew Douglas, (LB, 6.1, 225, 4.8) and Taylor Patton (LB/SS/RB, 6.0, 200, 4.5).

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