Ventura DB is ready to impress

After a solid freshman season, Ventura CB Lakeith Murray (6-0, 183) has some four-year schools interested in what he brings to the table and with a big 2012 season he could see the offers start to roll in...

After a solid prep career in Florida, Murray signed with Charleston Southern and redshirted in 2010. However, during that season he had time to think and he decided he wanted to give himself a chance to play FBS ball.

"I felt like I could go bigger, so I decided to come out here to Ventura and play," Murray told recently. "I knew that the best JUCO football was played out here and I felt like the coaching here would help get me ready to play D-1."

As a freshman in 2011, Murray showed his versatility starting as a free safety, but also getting quite a few reps as a nickel cornerback, leading the team with four interceptions while posting 30 tackles.

"I like both pretty equally," Murray noted. "I like playing corner because it's just you versus the wide receiver and it's a chance to see who is better. The free safety is the quarterback of the defense and that gives you a lot of control."

On the recruiting front, Murray's multiple talents have gotten him on the radars of schools from across the country, although he has yet to see his first offer roll in.

"I've talked to about 10 to 15 schools," Murray said. "Mainly I've been hearing from Iowa State, Kansas, Fresno State, Nevada, Boise State, Washington State, Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State though.

"I'm hoping to see some offers soon, but I know I have to get ready for my season, so that's been my main focus this offseason."

Murray is on pace to receive his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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