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Murphy a wanted man

While he definitely ranks among the best players in the state of Arizona, Phoenix Brophy Prep defensive end Trent Murphy has been one of the most difficult players to get a real read on when it comes to the recruiting process.
But make no mistake – the college coaches definitely have a read on him. And the general consensus is that he's a wanted man.
"I have five offers no from ASU, U of A, Colorado, Stanford and Utah," Murphy, who is 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, said. "Oregon and Washington said they were going to offer, but I need to get them my highlights and my transcript and then they will."
With the offers Murphy definitely does have some options. He said he's trying to figure out if he wants to stay in state or explore his choices in different parts of the county.
"If I went in state, I would for sure go to ASU," he said. "But I'm almost positive I want to go out of state, though. Stanford is definitely at the top there. Coach D.J. Durkin came to my school not that long ago, and I really like him.
"I don't really know too much about Oregon or the coaching staff, but I like them. I'm really not ruling out ASU, though, because I really like their program and coaching staff. I would have to say ASU, Stanford and Oregon are at my top right now."
Don't expect a quick decision with Murphy, though.
"I think I'm going to wait it out," he said. "I missed half of last season with a fractured knee. I'm not sure I have gotten all the looks that I would have gotten. I think I would have gotten more if I wouldn't have been hurt. I'm going to wait through the season when I'm 100 percent full go and see what happens from there.
"I'm pretty open minded with my visits right now."
This summer he does have a few places he will check out.
"I know I'm going to visit Stanford, and that's the only one I'm positive on right now," he said. "I'm not going to do any camps."
Murphy has already thought about some things that will be big factors in his decision.
"The first thing I'm going to look at is the coaching staff," he said. "If I don't like the coaching staff or the position coach, then I'd rule them out. I guess I'd look at the campus and the program and how successful they've been and everything. Academics is important and that's why Stanford is so high on the list.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my education. I'm not exactly sure what degree I'm going to go into or anything."
Murphy's parents are going to be supportive of his decision, whatever it is, but they are also going to let him do his own thing.
"They want me to stay home but it's not like something they're going to force because that's for selfish reasons obviously," he said. "They're all about the education and that's what they want me to do, not so much how successful the program is or anything. But they're pretty much just letting it be me because it's my life."