Once Sept. 1 comes around, Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ the King Regional 2020 four-star athlete Tirek Murphy will be focused on Michigan.
The first day in September is a crucial occasion on the recruiting calendar. It is the time a college coach is finally allowed to contact a high school junior, or a parent of one, without any restrictions.
While Murphy is counting down the days to Sept. 1, Christ the King offensive coordinator Bruce Eugene and Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge have been in contact.
“Right now, they keep in touch,” Murphy said. “Partridge tells my coach how interested they are in me.”
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back, who also can play receiver and kick returner, has offers to play for Michigan, Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Louisville, Maryland, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Temple and Tennessee.
“Playing for Michigan would be playing on the big stage, and that’s what I would love to do,” Murphy mentioned. “I am very interested in all schools who have offered me. It’s still early, but I really like Michigan.”
Back on July 28, Murphy took a trip to Ann Arbor for Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House. He went with his coaches and teammates. He plans to reappear for a game in the fall.
“I could definitely see myself wearing that maize and blue,” Murphy said.
Murphy said the most extraordinary aspect of the BBQ visit was the player-to-coach connection. He sat down with running backs coach Jay Harbaugh and was taught as if he was already a running back for the Wolverines.
“Everybody on-campus was just so greeting,” Murphy added. “The campus was so beautiful and I got to imagine myself playing in the Big House. It was great.”
Upon making a decision, Murphy aims to find a program that has three qualities: Feels like home, will prepare him for life after football and has a winning program.
Murphy is ranked No. 319 in the nation, No. 28 at running back and No. 3 in New York, according to 247Sports Composite. In the 2017 season, he carried the ball 71 times for 393 yards and two touchdowns. The athlete added 12 receptions for 180 yards and one score for Christ the King Regional.