The recruiting season of 2005-05 is mostly behind us. Except for a few stragglers making life miserable for fans of the schools involved the rest of the nation's recruitneks are already clamoring for the next crop of recruits.
It is already apparent that the running back position will be much deeper out west than it was a year ago.
If early offers are an indication of talent then clearly one of the nation's best running backs for the class of 2006 will be Demarco Murray (6-1, 190, 4.37) from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.
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The talented running back from the Nevada desert already has offers from Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State, Florida and his hometown school UNLV.
FSU, LSU and Notre Dame are also showing early interest. UCLA and USC are also said to be interested.
Murray is one of those backs who could end up naming his ticket when it is all said and done.
During the spring of 2004, Murray wowed those in attendance with a super performance at the NIKE Camp at Palo Alto where he was rated the No. 1 running back in attendance.
Murray is the complete back who epitomizes the term double threat. Not only is he a threat to take score wherever he touches the football but he is excellent catching the football out of the backfield.
In 2004, Murray rushed for 1,271 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 9.1 yards per rush. He also caught 21 passes for 235 yards.
As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,395 yards and 17 touchdowns while he averaged 9.3 yards per rush. He also had 12 receptions for 297 yards and three scores through the air.
Murray is a terrific all-around athlete who starts for the Silver State's No. 1 basketball team and the team that is ranked 30th in the nation. He plays both guard and forward for Bishop Gorman.
Murray currently benches 240-pounds, he benched 185-pounds 12 times, he ran a smoking 3.92 pro-agility, and has recorded 38-inch vertical.
"Demarco's athleticism combines fluid moves and a second burst which allows him to be able to score on any play," Bishop Gorman coach David White said. "He was our leading rusher and receiver and he will play a variety of positions on both offense and defense."
Murray has his academics together too and will take the both the ACT and SAT this spring.
Definitely one to watch in 2005.