San Clemente offensive tackle Kyle Murphy picked up an offer from his hometown favorite USC Trojans today according to Scout.com West Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman.
He unofficially visited USC on Feb. 20 with his parents because he can't make it to Junior Day and wanted to spend time with coaches James Cregg and Joe Barry.
The 6’7”, 268-pound Murphy is one of the California top offensive line prospects. This is still the biggest position of need for the Trojans, even though they did well on the OL in 2011. California is loaded with great OL in 2012, and that is good news for USC.
Murphy moves well in run blocking but is even better in pass protection. He drives defenders 10-plus yards down the field or into the ground.
He can get to 300 pounds with his frame and still be agile. Murphy will be a good fit at USC and the feeling seems to be mutual.
After watching the three tapes that Murphy gave USC, coach Cregg told him that they really liked the film and decided to make the offer.
Murphy previously said that USC was his favorite school growing up but he is not ready to make a decision yet. This was the offer he has been waiting for, so Murphy is very excited.
"I guess I consider it a special offer because it is USC and I grew up watching them," said Murphy. "It's here in Southern California and is one of the best programs in the country.
"The school offers a good education and traditionally, it's a good program. I like how they prepare their kids for the NFL. It's a championship program in Southern California, so if my parents wanted to come down and watch a game, they could."
Other colleges who have offered Murphy include Cal, Stanford, Duke, SMU, California, Michigan and Notre Dame.
USC already has 2012 commitments from Arik Armstead, who may be the best lineman in the country. He could play either offense or defense, but he has said that USC is talking to him about playing defense.
However, with the smaller class in 2012 due to NCAA sanctions if the Trojan appeal is denied as expected, every offensive lineman recruit is very important and USC is being careful about its offers.
The Trojans are dedicated to bringing in the best 2012 class even with limited numbers, after a top four 2011 class with 30 athletes to build depth.