Offensive lineman Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.) took an official visit to Stanford this past weekend and the Cardinal definitely sound like the team to beat right now.
“This was my fourth time visiting Stanford, so I already had a real good feel for the place,” Murphy said. “Every time that I visited or even on my home visit, the coaches were able to break things down for me in terms of how I fit in with the team and the offensive line. They see me as a tackle, right or left, and said I would have a chance to compete for playing time if I’m ready.
“That’s a goal of mine for sure. I would love to play as a true freshman, but I know I need to get bigger and stronger, and I’m definitely working on it. They never promised me anything, but in Stanford’s offense there are a lot of times when they play a jumbo package of seven lineman at one time, so I think if I come in ready to go, I’ll have a good chance to get in there.”
Having already seen the campus a number of times, Murphy said his main goal on the trip was to hang out with the other recruits and committed players that were in town.
“I think I can get along with anyone, but I wanted to see how I clicked with some of the players that are going to Stanford,” Murphy said. “We all got along great and there was a nice comfortable feeling there for sure. I already know Josh Garnett really well and I got to meet one of the OL commits from Tennessee, Graham Shuler, and he was real cool.
“I know Aziz [Shittu], and he’s quite a character and a lot of fun to be around. You had some of the receivers that kind of do their own thing but overall, we all got along really well and I definitely feel a nice comfort level there. I enjoyed the players on the team as well. They were great with all of us and made us feel welcome. I like the coaching staff a lot and the football program is really in a good place right now. It’s a great school for sure, and I know I would have a great college experience at Stanford.”
Murphy will have in-home visits next week with Oregon, USC and Stanford and has one last official visit to take before making his decision.
“Steve Greatwood from Oregon comes on Monday,” Garnett said. “Coach [Lane] Kiffin, [Ed] Orgeron and [James] Cregg come on Wednesday from USC and Stanford will be over on Thursday. I take my final official visit to USC next weekend, and then I’ll take the following week to think everything over and make my decision sometime after that.”