April 30, 2009

Jefferson Linemen has Many Baylor Ties

After signing a relatively small defensive line class is 2009, especially at defensive tackle, the position has become a high priority for Baylor in 2010 as they look to bring in a few impact players. The Bears already have an offer out to highly sought after defensive tackle Torrea Peterson , and have recently shown a lot of interest in Jefferson (Tx) Jefferson linemen Trevor Murphy.

Like Jeramie Roberts who signed with Baylor in 2009 and Chris Littlehead who currently holds an offer from Baylor in the class of 2010, Murphy excels on both sides of the ball. Murphy has spent the majority of his time in high school at defensive tackle, but with four games left in his junior season his coach had him start playing center. Since then schools from all over the state of Texas and around the Big 12 have recruited him at both offensive and defensive line.

"It's been pretty even right now," Murphy said regarding where teams want him to play. "I know Baylor likes me on defense, and TCU likes me at center. It's pretty much half and half. It's kind of strange because I only played center for about four games last year and it was the first time I ever played there."

There's a saying in football that usually the only time you know an offensive linemen's name is when they're doing something bad, so it's not hard to see why kids at this stage prefer playing on defense. Defensive players get to hear their names over the speaker when they make a good play, and many kids flock to the defensive side of the ball because of that.

"I like defensive tackle because it's always fun to hit people," said Murphy. "I picked up center just recently and I like being in control. They kind of get to run things and control the offensive line. Whatever gets me to the next level and allows me to have my school taken care of is all that matters to me. I'll play wherever I'm told."

The Murphy family isn't unfamiliar with playing college football and what the next ten months will be like before signing day. Trevor has many people around him that he's able to lean on whether it's football advice he's looking for, or advice with how to handle recruiting.

"My dad played defensive tackle at Stephen F. Austin, so he's taught me all the technique and hand placement that I need to know," said Murphy. "I have a great family and coaches. My coaches are great too. I have a bunch of people available to help me make my decision. It's my decision, but I'll be very informed when it's time to make it because of the people around me."

One coach at Baylor that Murphy has developed a pretty strong relationship with, is a person that also has an SFA connection. Baylor's offensive line coach Randy Clements is the coach recruiting him, and the two are able to talk about anything.

"Coach Clements is my recruiter and we've been talking a lot. I've developed a good relationship with Coach Clements through talking to him on the phone. I've found out that he played at SFA too, so he and my dad have something in common and they've talked about it a few times."

"We shoot the bull and just talk about Baseball. I'm big in to baseball, so we talk about that or how things are going. We just talk and try to keep in touch with each other," he said.

Murphy visited Baylor at the end of April for their junior day and said that he had a great time. Baylor has invited him to come to their camp this summer which he has already agreed to do.

Coach Clements isn't the only person on the Baylor team that Murphy has developed a good relationship with. He has known recent Baylor signee Darius Jones for a long time and they've expressed some interest in playing together in college.

"I'm very familiar with Baylor," said Murphy. "My freshman and sophomore year I played against their receiver, #1 Kendall Wright. He played for Pittsburgh and I got to go against him. They also have Darius Jones coming next year from Marshall who I've played select baseball with since I was really young."

With offers already in hand from Louisiana Tech and UTEP, what would he think if Baylor decided to extend him an offer?

"It would be happy thoughts. I know that," said Murphy. I would be pumped up. They would be the first major school that offers me. It would be a dream to play in the Big 12. That would be great. When I'm checking out schools, I look at what kind of education I'll get, and I know with Baylor I'd get a great one. I've wanted to go into the medical field for a long time, so I'll have to look and see what all they have to offer in that area."

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