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August 31, 2005

More than Murray

It doesn't take Gill Grissom from CSI to figure out that Las Vegas Bishop Gorman five-star running back Demarco Murray is something special. But as any true investigator would discover, Bishop Gorman has plenty of other talent than Murray and the man leading the way is coach David White.

"We're truly blessed to have the type of players that we have here," White said. "We've worked hard to build this program to one of the best not just in the city or the state but in the nation."

College coaches scouring the nation for talent certainly will agree.

White was blessed with five-star linebacker Ryan Reynolds last season. Reynolds is already on the two deep at Oklahoma and is expected to contribute as a true freshman. But it's hard to believe but the program again has another five-star player in Murray, a 6-foot,183-pound running back that is ranked as the nation's No. 1 all-purpose back.

"Demarco's athleticism combines fluid moves and a second gear burst which allows him to be able to score on any play," White said. "He was our leading rusher and receiver and will play a variety of positions both on offense and defense."

With offers from virtually everybody in the nation, Murray is starting to sort things out with the recruiting process. Two schools have already landed official visits with him.

"He has two official visits set up at this time to Oklahoma and Miami," Murray said. "He's going to visit Oklahoma for the Kansas State game, and then he's going to Miami for the North Carolina game. Other visits will be after the season or he might sneak a visit in at USC

"I don't want to overwhelm him during this season and with my other Division I players, I don't want any extra distractions on the team."

With Oklahoma, Miami and USC in line to get visits, the final two spots are going to be hotly contested. At this point, Michigan and Florida would be on the docket for trips.

"Texas A&M and South Carolina are on the bubble," White said. "Demarco wants to see them play. He may drop the Michigan visit for one of these two schools if he likes what he sees."

Like White said, Murray isn't the only Division I prospect.

Cornerback DeAngelo Wilkinson (5-foot-10, 166 pounds) has offers from Wisconsin, Colorado State and San Jose State. Wilkinson is ranked as the No. 9 player in Nevada by Rivals.com.

"DeAngelo is a fierce competitor," White said. "In the past two years, he played both safety and corner. He is very athletic and a big-time hitter. He is a legit Division I defensive back and will excel at that level if given the opportunity."

Safety Martrell Fantroy (6-0, 193) is already committed to San Diego State and had an offer from Utah before he committed. Quarterback C.J. Sedoris and linebacker Lorenzo Sartini have offers from Montana.

Then is White's junior class.

Po'u Palelei was recently named as one of Rivals.com 100 juniors to watch, and White said expect him to rack up some impressive early scholarship offers.

"I'm always honest about my players, and Po'u is an absolute man child. USC Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma have all indicated they're going to offer him in early September. He already has an offer from Colorado State."

White said also said junior running back Corey White also has an offer from Colorado State. White averaged 7.5 yards a carry as a sophomore and racked up 696 yards and six touchdowns.


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