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DeMarco Murray

"I have a close relationship with (Bob) Stoops and (Cale) Gundy (running backs) at Oklahoma," said Las Vegas running back/defensive back DeMarco Murray. "Stoops is a great coach who knows about the game. I can see myself getting along with them and playing there..."

Las Vegas (Nev.) running back/defensive back DeMarco Murray (6-1, 185, 4.5) said he favors Oklahoma (camp, former team-mate Ryan Reynolds is a freshman) just slightly over Florida, USC (camp), Miami, Michigan, Texas A&M and South Carolina.

"I'm not sure whether I'm really a running back or a defensive back in college. I prefer running back and most all the schools that have offered me, want me for running back," said the gamebreaker from Bishop Gorman High School. "Michigan is the only school that seems to want me for defense. They seem to like my size for the secondary. But they've also said I could help them on either side of the ball.

"I would say that Oklahoma is a very, very small leader. I've been to their campus, as well as to Florida's and USC's. Those are the only schools I've been to so far. But I do have family that lives down around A&M and I know my parents would probably like to see me go there for that reason. But that won't be a big factor with me.

"I have a close relationship with (Bob) Stoops and (Cale) Gundy (running backs) at Oklahoma," he said. "Stoops is a great coach who knows about the game. I can see myself getting along with them and playing there.

"At Florida, coach (Urban) Meyer is recruiting a great class and turning the program around. I call him about once a week and get text messages all the time. I also really like coach (Stan) Drayton (running backs).

"USC has a great program," said Murray. "It's not going to go down there and they have smart coaches who know how to win.

"South Carolina has really been recruiting me hard lately. "I've been in touch with Steve Spurrier a lot. He says they need a good running back like me and we talk about how I'd fit in with them. I could play in the slot for swing passes, but I can also run the ball up the middle too.

"I get about 50 text messages from coaches a day. I read 'em and try to respond unless I'm just too busy. I don't want to blow any coaches off.

"I will probably announce my decision at the Army All-American game (sponsored by Scout.com). Even if I decide earlier, I'll wait and announce it then. It'll be good to do it that way," he explained.

Murray bench presses 265, squats 465 and claims to have a 39" vertical.

Bishop Gorman begins the season on 9/2 at Las Vegas High.

2.8 GPA/16 ACT--fall retake.

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