Defensive back Alameen Murphy
had never been to California before
this week. He's leaving the Golden State Thursday having decided to live there for at least four years of his life.
Murphy, a three-star recruit from Fort Washington, MD that's being
pursued as a cornerback, became Stanford
's fourth 2014 verbal pledge
immediately after the conclusion of the Cardinal's camp session on
Wednesday. A televised or Tweeted announcement was not involved in
this commitment; Murphy approached head coach David Shaw
the news with him face-to-face.
"That was the best way," he said. "I'd seen all I needed to see.
There was no point in waiting. I knew I wanted to be here."
Murphy touched down in California Monday after developing a strong
fondness for Vanderbilt
during his visit to Nashville two weeks ago,
but he said that experiencing the Farm in person completely altered
the dynamics of his recruitment.
"Seeing Stanford changed my whole perspective," Murphy said. "It
seemed unreal how nice it was. It felt like this was where I needed
Shaw reacted to the news with excitement, as did Murphy's position
coach Derek Mason and his regional recruiting coordinator David
Kotulski. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back praised Kotulski's
influence in his recruitment, saying that the Cardinal inside
linebackers' coach "felt like my grandfather because of how
interesting he was."
In Murphy, Stanford is getting a cornerback who posted a strong
first season at the position during his junior year at Fort
Washington's Friendly High School. He moved to the outside after
playing his freshman and sophomore campaigns as a roving safety, a
position assignment that helped him develop physical run support
capabilities that impressed the Cardinal on film. In his first
hurrah at the cornerback position this past year, Murphy intercepted
two passes and broke up 14 more. He has called press coverage his
"bread and butter."
"I wanted to move to corner, because I wanted to make plays," he told The
in an earlier interview. "Coach Mason told me
that I fit in well within Stanford's scheme, whether it's press
coverage or man-to-man. They think I can play the cornerback
position. I think I'm pretty versatile."
The Cardinal coaching staff is putting major emphasis on the
defensive back position in this 2014 recruiting cycle. They've
already nabbed a commitment from touted Texas safety Brandon Simmons
and pledges from two offensive ballcarriers: Denver-area running
back Christian McCaffrey
and bruising Orange County fullback Daniel Marx
While current Stanford football players are away from campus on a
two-week break before summer training commences June 24, Cardinal
coaches are hosting high school prospects on The Farm in a weeklong
camp circuit. Murphy was especially impressed by the passion and
attention to detail presented to him and his fellow campers on
"A lot of other camps don't really care, they just want your money,"
he said. "Here [at Stanford], they focus on getting everybody
better. They care about all the little details."
One more fitting detail highlights the timing of Murphy's
commitment. In his April interview with The Bootleg Radio, he called
Stanford "the Miami Heat
of college education" as a way to
illustrate his praise for the Cardinal's top-flight balance of
academics and athletics. Well, Murphy's pledge has come a day after
one of the biggest wins in the Heat's franchise history and about 24
hours before Miami hosts Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals.
It's safe to say that the recruiting trail has provided Stanford
with a neat piece of symmetry.
David Lombardi is the Stanford
Insider for The Bootleg. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com
and follow him on Twitter @DavidMLombardi.
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Stanford has nabbed its fourth commitment of the 2014 recruiting cycle in style: CB Alameen Murphy told David Shaw of his plans in person at the Cardinal's camp on Wednesday. Read more about how the Farm Boys won another recruiting battle against Vanderbilt.