A three year starter for the Eagles as a junior Marcus was named the District 11-5A Offensive Player of the Year and TexasPrepInsider third team all-area honors as he ran for 1274 yards and 17 touchdowns along with 524 receiving yards and six touchdowns. As a sophomore Marcus started on the defensive side of the ball at CB and in spot duty he ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns, Murphy was named honorable mention all-district in the secondary as well.
"I think my biggest strengths are my vision and explosiveness along with my ability to catch the ball," said the DeSoto junior who wants to work on getting stronger in the upper body this summer.
Murphy doesn't hold any offers at this time but all indications are that he's close to getting his first offer from California. Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Miami, Oregon and Texas A&M have also shown strong interest in Murphy, but Marcus is quick to point out no school stands out above the rest right now. Marcus mentions he plans on attending junior day at LSU and Oregon as well.
Marcus plans on keeping a busy summer schedule with two to three camps, along with the Scout.com Combine this spring. Murphy and DeSoto will also be busy playing seven on seven as they look for their first trip to the State Tournament in July.
Murphy who doesn't plan on making a decision any time soon says academics will play a role in his decision along with how the depth chart looks. Murphy and the rest of the talented DeSoto senior class are focused on one thing in 2009 and that's winning district and making a deep playoff run, "Obviously we want to win state, but there are a lot of good teams. We just need to work hard and take it one game at a time," said Murphy who has set some lofty personal goals for 2009 as he'd like to total 30 touchdowns and total 2500 yards.