When talking about wide receivers, the first thing people want to know is: “How fast is he?” There are plenty of fast ones out there, but you will probably be able to count on one hand how many players in the entire country that are faster than Tampa (Fl.) Middleton wide receiver O.J. Murdock.
“So far the only two scholarship offers that I have are from South Carolina and Syracuse,” Murdock said.
Murdock posted a simply sick 4.38 forty yard dash at the NIKE camp in Miami last weekend, but college coaches already know about his blazing speed.
“I get handwritten letters from Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Carolina about every other week or so. I’m hearing from a lot of other schools, but those are the schools that are sending me the most mail right now.”
As a junior Murdoch caught 33 passes for 800 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition to his impressive forty time he also scored a 4.12 in the 20 yard shuttle.
“I want to play for a coach staff that fits my style. I also want to know that the coaching staff that I sign with will be there for four years because I don’t want to have to go through a coaching change.”
The 6-foot-0, 178 pound Murdock did 11 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press and had a vertical jump of 31 inches.
“My number one school is Florida. Number two on my list is Miami. After that it is Texas, USC and South Carolina. I love Florida and that is where I want to go if you want the truth. I have always been a big Florida fan.”
Murdock says that if the Gators offer his commitment is not a done deal.
“One drawback to Florida is coaching stability that I was talking about. You never know what is going to happen with coach Zook. One day it seems like everyone is talking about him getting fired and the next they love him. I really like coach Zook and I hope he stays, but I just want to know that he is going to be there all four years.”
Murdock was named all-county as a junior. He should have no trouble qualifying with a 2.3 GPA and 920 SAT score.