Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Bryant's Murray shines at combine
ARLINGTON, Texas Bryant sophomore defensive lineman Cameron Murray had one of the better performances for linemen during the Nike SPARQ Football Combine at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday.
Murray, 6-2, 272 pounds recorded an 86.19 SPARQ rating while posting a 5.03 electronic time in the 40 yard dash, 25.4 vertical along with an impressive 4.55 pro-shuttle time. His performance was the eighth best among linemen and second best for the 2016 linemen.
The combine was his first.
“I thought I did pretty well with an 86 for as a 2016 ,” Murray said. “I’m going to come back next year and work even harder.”
His rating compared well against other linemen, including highly recruited Daylon Mack, a Texas A&M commitment that scored an 89.94. Murray came away feeling good about himself.
“Oh yeah, a lot of confidence,” he said.
Murray, who recorded 27 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and a sack this past season, is receiving interest from Arkansas, Arkansas State and Southern Miss. He attended The Hogs’ spring game on April 26.
“That was great experience to see the facilities,” Murray said. “It’s nice up there.”
He’s planning to attend camps at Arkansas and Ole Miss.
“They really want me to come to the camp and evaluate me,” Murray said of the Hogs.
An offer from the Razorbacks would be well received.
“It would mean a lot,” he said. “My parents went there. It’s good school.”
Hornet Coach Paul Calley thinks highly of Murray’s talent.
“He’s athletic, he’s from an athletic family,” said Calley in an earlier interview. “He has a football background. He’s a basketball player and plays a lot of AAU basketball. He’s just real athletic to be so big.”
Murray has worked hard in the offseason and plans to do the same in getting ready for his junior season.
“I weighed about 295 at the beginning of my sophomore season and during the off season I got down to 270,” Murray said. “I’m going to be back at 285 before the season.”
He’s recorded a 290 bench press and 265 power clean at his school during the offseason.
“My biggest thing is upper body strength,” said Murray, who also recorded a handheld time of 4.97 seconds in the 40 yard dash at school. “Mainly get my strength up for my 11th grade year by pumping the iron.”