Our "UP NEXT" series rolls on and this time we caught up with 2016 Spartanburg cornerback Mike Murphy. With the Vikings making a run all the way to the AAAA Division 2 state championship they relied heavily on their key players and Murphy was one of their very best when it mattered most. The 6'2 180 pound prospect sat down with us to talk about his recruitment and junior season.
As we stated, his junior season was a huge success and Murphy talked about some of his best games from the season with us first.
"I had two memorable games one was against Gaffney when I had 8 solo tackles and an interception that was returned for a 56 yard touchdown."
"The other one was against Mauldin when I had 7 solo tackles, one interception, and a fumble recovery that went for an 25 yard touchdown."
His play from those games and some superb play down the stretch helped Spartanburg go on to win the AAAA Division 2 state championship. Murphy would earn Second Team All-Area honors in a talent laden area with some of the top programs and prospects in the Upstate.
For the season Murphy had 89 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns, 4 fumble recoveries, 5 pass break ups, and 1 caused fumble. The 2016 prospect has already heard from some schools and he's wanting to hear from even more soon he informed us.
Murphy has already visited nearby Clemson and Georgia. He recounted how both of those visits went for him and what the staffs have said to him so far.
"At Georgia I loved the atmosphere and coaches. They said that they will be keeping a close eye on me at the summer camps and combines that I will be attending. Clemson said about the same thing that Georgia did to me."
"I'm looking forward to visiting some more schools this summer."
Asked to talk about where his strengths are currently and what areas he'll focus on improving this off season Murhpy said this, "My biggest strengths are just being a ball hawk and my ability to out jump my opponents.
"To get better I'm working hard in the weight room right now to get faster and stronger. Also to build more muscle mass."
He has already attended a Shrine Bowl combine and says he soon plans to attend a Rivals event, a Nike combine, the Elite Position Training Football Skills Showcase, and a one day camp at South Carolina.
Murphy's 6'2 180 pound frame should entice a lot of schools now that larger defensive backs are becoming more and more popular with wide receivers upwards of 6'3 are becoming so prevalent in today's game. He has a good balance of size, speed, and agility that will open some eyes moving forward.
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INSIDE THE NUMBERS...MIKE MURPHY
Bench press: 230 pounds
Squat: 330 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.53 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.18 seconds
Vertical: 37 inches
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