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January 16, 2010

Meet Clarence Murphy

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Clarence Murphy
Birthdate: Oct. 13, 1991
Birthplace: Hollywood, Fla.
Hometown: Hollywood, Fla.
Height: 6’2
Weight: 235
Position: Defensive end

High School: Hollywood Hills High School
Senior statistics: 75 tackles, 12 sacks, three deflected passes
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 99 player in Florida. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 90 defensive end. ESPN.com -- Three stars, No. 85 defensive end, 76 rating.
Bench max: 300
40-yard dash: 4.8
Runner-up: Michigan
Other schools considered: South Florida, Colorado State
Favorite NFL player: Dwight Freeney
Favorite NFL team: Miami Dolphins
Favorite music: “Old-school music, like Al Green.”
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Favorite movie: Superbad
Favorite TV show: House
Favorite food: Spaghetti
Favorite high school class: Weight training
Favorite thing about College Park: “Everything is close.”
Other high school sports: Track, basketball
Hobbies: “I like to fish and in my spare time I like to sit around and draw.”
Intended major: Forensics and criminology
Something that not many people know about you: “That I’m a quiet, humble person.”
Best football moment: “My best football moment is probably when I made the fourth-down stop against our district opponent. I made the sack.”
Role model: “My father because he went through a difficult life and just the way he pushed himself and succeeded inspires me.”
Why Maryland? “It came down eventually to Maryland and Michigan. Maryland just had the better academics, education-wise for me. They’re top in forensics and criminology and they’re right in the heart of D.C.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:51 PM | | Comments (2)
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Comments

Matt-
Have the Terps offered McKnight yet? I saw you said they were going hard after him.
Also, I am really worried that the 2011 class is going to be another in the last 5 or so years of just NOT getting a serious top talent that can bring immediate impact.
They haven't had a McDonald's All-American since Jones.
I don't know if Parker will be one of not, I'm sure he'll be nominated, but...
Anyway, are there ANY studs in 2011 that we have a shot at?

Ryan -- If I said they were going hard after McKnight, I misspoke. I think they are watching him closely, but as far as I know, they haven't offered just yet. For 2011, I think it's still a little early to figure out who they have a great shot at landing. At this time last year, we were talking about guys like Isiah Epps and Taran Buie, so things change fast with the Terps.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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