As a 2022 recruit, quarterback Maalik Murphy has a little while before he is firmly in the spotlight. He just wrapped up his freshman season of high school, after all.
The recruiting sites don’t generally touch players that young. However, a glance at the list of schools already involved in his recruitment shows just how big a recruit he already is.
The California native claims offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, and Texas. Those have come with just one year of high school ball under his belt.
Maalik Murphy discussed some of these teams, and where his recruitment stands, in a recent interview.
Perhaps the most revealing bit: he says Oregon is his “dream” program. From 247Sports:
“Oregon is the dream school for me and has been for a long time. Ever since Darron Thomas was playing quarterback for them and they played against Cam Newon in the BCS title game, I’ve been an Oregon fan. I love the coaching staff at Oregon, they’re so energetic and that’s another school I want to visit so I can really see how things are there.”
As a West Coast QB, it isn’t too surprising that Oregon would be involved here. He also says he wants to get more acquainted with the home town teams, UCLA and USC.
Two of the other schools on his early offer list have gotten particular attention as well: Texas and Ohio State.
“Texas was my most recent offer and I have a lot of interest in them for sure,” Murphy said. “I’m the first quarterback in the 2022 class they offered so that means a lot to me. They’ll be a top school for me for years to come in the recruiting process and that’s a school I can definitely see myself at.”
“I really like how I fit the program at Ohio State,” Murphy said. “I like the offense a lot and feel it’s a really good fit for what I do. I see the success Dwayne Haskins had and I think I could big things there as well. I’m developing a good relationship with coach (Mike) Yurcich as well and hopefully I can get out there for a visit, I’ve never been before.
As such a young recruit, he is still gathering information and setting early camp visits for this summer. It won’t be long before he has rankings set, and his list of schools becomes more clear.