For most of the year, offensive lineman Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.) seemed like a pretty strong lean to Stanford. After his official visit to USC over the weekend, are the Trojans now a serious player?
Prior to his visit to USC last weekend, the feeling from talking to some close to Murphy and some of the Triton coaching staff was the Cardinal had a pretty solid 60-40 lead. After the visit, the talented tackle said the two are now dead even.
“I had a great trip, to be honest, it was a lot better than I expected,” Murphy said. “I got a good feel for what it would be like to attend USC and I fit in a lot better than I anticipated. I loved the atmosphere there and I really connected well with the players and coaches.
“I always knew USC was a great school academically, but I was even more impressed with how strong they are. Khaled Holmes was my host Friday night and Matt Barkley was my host Saturday. I had fun with both guys and they showed me a good time. They’re both Orange County boys and Matt will be a first-round draft pick next year, so it was cool that he took the time to host me.”
In comparing USC and Stanford, Murphy said he knows he’ll have a very tough decision to make.
“Both schools are great academically and have top football programs. Stanford is a little better academically while USC has more tradition. Both schools have an opening at the left tackle position and I really want to play as a true freshman. It’s very important to me.
“I know I need to get bigger, more flexible and work on my technique but that’s my goal. Coach [Mike] Bloomgren, Stanford’s OL coach was in for a home visit and USC wants to come in on Saturday. Coach [Ed] Orgeron and Coach [John] Baxter are coming in and I heard Pat Haden wants to come in too.”
So how will Murphy decide between the two schools?
“It’s just going to come down to where I feel I can be the most comfortable at for the next four or five years of my life,” Murphy said. “The school where I’m most comfortable with the players, coaches and the overall atmosphere, that’s who I’m going to pick.
“I’m going to make my decision at my school on Signing Day. I don’t have a time yet, we’re still working out the details. I’m down to Stanford and USC, I’m not looking at Oregon or Florida any more. Right now, the two schools are dead even and I plan to take the whole weekend to make my decision. Hopefully Monday I’ll know and then I’ll sleep on it and should feel good about by Tuesday.”