Gators pick up commitment from QB


Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 2:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 2:31 p.m.

It only took one visit to Gainesville to completely change Tyler Murphy's entire football world.

At the beginning of January, the Wethersfield, Conn., quarterback became Temple's 20th verbal commitment. Sunday, while on his official visit, Murphy got a scholarship offer from Florida's coaches and immediately pledged, becoming the Gators' 26th verbal commitment of the 2010 class.

"It happened fast and I'm glad it happened," Murphy said.

Florida's coaches only started getting involved with Murphy a couple of weeks ago, he said. First, quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler made a surprise visit to his high school and then interim head coach Steve Addazio opened up major lines of communication with Murphy.

"I was shocked (when they first recruited him)," Murphy said. "It's all starting to hit me and I'm just happy and excited."

Murphy, whom Rivals.com rates as a two-star prospect and the 10th-best player in Connecticut, was a relative unknown in recruiting before Florida began to show interest in him. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback finished his senior year with more than 1,100 yards passing with nine touchdowns, but threw nine interceptions. His feet carried him for most of the season, as he registered more than 1,200 yards rushing, including a long of 81 yards. He added 15 more touchdowns on the ground.

Murphy said his mobility first attracted Florida's coaches. Listed as an athlete by most recruiting Web sites, Murphy said he's heading to Gainesville purely as a quarterback.

When asked if there was a chance he'd move to wide receiver or cornerback, Murphy said, "Nope."

Murphy was hosted by fellow 2010 commitment and early enrollee, offensive lineman Ian Silberman. When he wasn't hanging with future teammates, Murphy said he was taking time to learn new things from Loeffler.

"We did a lot of quarterback stuff and I learned how the system is run," he said. "The coaches talked about what they expect (out of Murphy when he gets on campus) and how they operate."

Murphy said the coaches would like him to get up to 205 pounds before reporting to campus in June.

While Murphy admits he's a bit raw at quarterback, he said Loeffler indicated his only real issue is footwork in the pocket. With Florida's offense taking on a more pro-style approach with John Brantley taking over, Murphy said he'll spend most of his time working on balancing his weight in the pocket.

Whatever he doesn't get accomplished in Connecticut, Murphy said he's sure he'll learn from Loeffler when he gets on campus. Murphy said he's developed quite a strong relationship with Loeffler over the last few weeks and credited his interest in Florida to Loeffler.

"Coach Loeffler seems like a really good quarterback coach and someone I can really learn a lot from.," he said.

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