Ismael Murphy-Richardson doesn't do many interviews. And when he does he doesn't say much. It's not a bad thing. It's not a good thing. It's just the way it is. The 6-foot-5 athlete is tucked away a Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge, a school not known for its football tradition. Years ago, he would have been a diamond-in-the-rough type.
In 2013, people know about Murphy-Richardson, He holds ten scholarship offers and possesses the frame of a high-level linebacker. And while Murphy-Richardson, always shy about his recruitment, doesn't name favorites or talk about narrowing his list, he's settled on destinations for three official visits.
He may be naming frontrunners without actually naming them, but assuming that is guesswork.
"For sure I'm going to visit Oklahoma, Washington and UCLA," Murphy-Richardson said. "Those are the ones I know for sure. I'm going to take the other ones, but I don't know where yet."
The news of an impending official to Washington is particularly good for Washington, which Murphy-Richardson has already toured as part of an camp on the UW campus. It seems his first trip to Seattle was enough to make an impression - enough to warrant a return trip.
"Washington was awesome for me," Murphy-Richardson said. "I'd never been anywhere like that before, so it was pretty cool to get out there and see it."
Murphy-Richardson maintains that his final two visits are totally up for grabs. They could go to schools that have already offered him scholarships or to programs that pull the trigger in the next few months.
For now, though, he's focused on the three campuses he knows he'll see in person.
"I'm not saying those three are my favorites, but I've been to Oklahoma one time when I was a little and really liked it down there. And with UCLA, it's close to home and I really like the coaches. I don't know what I'm really going to do, so I want to see some of the schools."
The 19th-ranked athlete in America, Murphy-Richardson says he will wait until after his senior season to announce his commitment. He is being recruited primarily as a linebacker.