TB MARCUS MURPHY 5'9" 178 4.42 DeSoto )TX)
Murphy is an elusive multipurpose back who made an impact in numerous ways for his high school program. He is credited with having sure hands, electric speed, and great vision, as he racked up big numbers on offense, as well as in the return game during his prep career. Murphy is ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 88 running back. He was a two-time District 11-5A offensive most valuable player and team captain. He ran for 1,410 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, while catching 35 passes out of the backfield for 653 yards and 8 more touchdowns. Murphy accounted for 23 total touchdowns as a junior in 2008, as he ran for 1,274 yards and 17 scores, while adding 41 catches for 524 yards and 6 touchdowns. He started as a cornerback his sophomore year and also ran for 187 yards and 3 touchdowns in spot duty on offense. Murphy is a speedster who was part of district champion 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams in track.
His high school coach is Claude Mathis, and his parents are William and Tonnette Murphy. He lists his hobbies as working out, listening to music and playing sports. Murphy chose Missouri over Mississippi, Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa State, Utah, and Northwestern, among others.
Murphy plans to arrive at Missouri in June, and will start out at RB, but could end up playing the slot receiver position or DB, as well. He's a very good student (4.1 GPA), but is not exactly sure of his chosen field of study at Missouri. However, he mentioned engineering as a possibility. He'll definitely be trying to engineer his way onto the field as a freshman, and his experience as a return man could pay dividends in that regard.
Coach Mathis said, "Murph is a RB. He can do so many things (with the ball), receiving, returning. He did everything for us. He plays the corner (on defense). We put him in the slot. We move him around a lot. He's a nightmare to defend. He's a heck of a RB."
Coach Mathis described Murphy as, "A very quiet kid, a real good kid, real good family. Academically, you don't have to worry about him. You don't have to worry about him getting in trouble. He's a yes sir, no sir type kid. He's a great leader on and off the field."
Missouri Assistant Coach Dave Steckel was the primary recruiter on Murphy. Here's some of what he had to say about Marcus. "Marcus comes from a team that had fourteen Division-1 scholarships this year. Out of those fourteen, six of them signed with BCS schools. This guy was their MVP and team captain. He's a very electrifying kid. He's quicker than a hiccup. He's got great speed. He's a punt returner, and kick-off returner. He's great with the ball in his hands............ Marcus is a great young man from a great family."
JP: "Marcus Murphy is a perfect fit for the Tigers spread offense. He could be used as a weapon at either RB or in the slot. He has very good receiving skills and uses his outstanding quickness and elusiveness to run after the catch as well as he does taking a handoff behind the line of scrimmage.Needs to get a little bigger. More quick then super fast, but has great football speed in the open field. Just a very good football player who could also help in the return game."
Greg: "I'll echo Coach Mathis about Murphy being yes sir, no sir. That's how I found him to be on every occasion. I saw him play Cedar Hill on ESPN back in September, when Cedar Hill was ranked #1 in the country. Cedar Hill had a number of D-1 and national recruits, as does DeSoto. Murphy was the best guy on the field that day, dominating the first half in every way imaginable, scoring five TDs in the game."