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Alec Murphy holds a pair of quasi-regional offers. Iowa and Illinois are both officially in play for the Nixa (Mo.) R2 High School running back, and the high school junior is giving each of them plenty of thought.
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His guess on the next wave of invitations, however, involve programs that aren't so close to his Heartland-based family home. Instead, Murphy is eyeing the South.
"Mississippi State is recruiting me pretty hard and Ole Miss has just started picking up interest in me," Murphy said. "Those are two good colleges to go to."
Murphy lived in Mississippi until the later stages of his sixth-grade year and still has family living in the state. His ties to the area help to explain the interest from the two SEC-based programs. Relationships are being built, and a trip south is on the horizon.
"As of right now, we're going to try to make it down to Mississippi State junior day and Ole Miss junior day for sure," Murphy said.
The rising interest doesn't end there, though. Murphy is hearing from coaches based all over the country. The interest is trickling in for the time being. It's by no means an avalanche of contact. Still, the names in play are notable.
"I talk to the Notre Dame recruiter on Twitter. I talk to BYU and Ball State, too. I talk to those recruiters. I think I fit pretty well recruiting-wise with all of them."
There is no rush as far as Murphy is concerned. He's assembled a checklist of sorts and plans to move through it at a leisurely pace. When offers arrive, he'll take his time inspecting them.
"There are a lot of things I'm looking for," Murphy said. "I want to see how the players conduct themselves and how the school can benefit me education-wise in the future. The program, especially. I want to find the place that gives me the best opportunity for me to go and make it to the NFL or have the best training to get a shot at the NFL. There are a lot of those factors I'm looking at."
Rob Cassidy is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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