San Clemente (CA) High School offensive tackle Kyle Murphy joined a stacked offensive line yesterday when he signed his Stanford LOI.
Murphy, who had narrowed his decision down to USC and Stanford, decided on the night of January 31st that he would be committing to the Cardinal.
"It was a really hard choice for me," said Murphy at a press conference at San Clemente after he announced his decision. "USC has obviously a lot of similar positives to it. Great school, great football team. I just felt like I connected with the players coming in this year to Stanford. It was just tough to say no."
Stanford ended National Signing Day with one of the strongest classes they have ever had. In addition to Murphy, Stanford also received commitments from offensive tackle Andrus Peat, defensive tackle Aziz Shittu, safety Zach Hoffpauir, and offensive lineman Josh Garnett.
The Stanford 2012 class of commits is one of the all-time strongest for the program, and Murphy is happy to be a part of it.
"It's feels really good; it should be fun to play with these guys." Two players in particular that he's looking forward to playing with are Garnett and offensive lineman Graham Shuler. "I've been talking to them for a while, so it should be fun playing with them," said Murphy.
Though Murphy was one of the top uncommitted prospects in the West, he played it close to the vest for most of his recruitment. He had offers from around the country and also took official visits to Oregon and Florida.
After narrowing it down to two, Murphy faced the most difficult part of his recruitment. "Saying no to USC, just having to give that up. I grew up watching them, everyone around here likes them, and it's tough to give that up."
He's most looking forward to "the next step of (his) life" at Stanford, and knows exactly how he feels now that his recruiting process is over. "Relieved," Murphy said. "I'm just glad that I can finally say what school I'm going to. I'm happy to be done with it."