Scottsdale Saguaro senior Byron Murphy has one thing in mind this week in Beaverton, Ore.
Come out of Nike’s The Opening as clearly the No.1 cornerback in the nation.
He’ll get that chance when he defends some of the nation’s top high school wide receivers Thursday through Saturday. The first few days this week are for the quarterbacks with the Elite 11 competition.
“I just want to be the best DB and be me,” Murphy said. “I want to compete against the best and see where I stand and see what I need to work on.”
The Opening is being televised starting Thursday on ESPNU.
Phoenix Brophy Prep senior defensive end Connor Murphy is the only other Arizona player who received the coveted Opening ticket.
He’ll have a chance to see where he stacks up against some of the nation’s top tackles.
“This is gonna be a great learning experience for me,” Connor Murphy, 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, said. “I’m coming here with an open mind to soak up as much information as I can from some of the best coaches in the world.
“The talent that’s gonna be here is going to be crazy so I already know I’m gonna come out a way better player. This is a business trip and my goal is to dominate it.”
If nothing else, Byron Murphy, 6-foot, 170 pounds, will get a gauge on how he stacks up looking ahead towards college. He has 24 scholarship offers, including both Arizona and Arizona State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Last year, wide receiver Christian Kirk emerged well out of The Opening, and ended up being azcentral sports’ Player of the Year.
He is now getting ready for his first season at Texas A&M.
Saguaro coach Jason Mohns said that Murphy has never backed away from competition, much the same way Kirk was going to camps and participating in one-on-ones.
“He’s just a competitor, he loves to play,” Mohns said. “That’s what he’s excited for. He’ll be in the final line against the top receivers.”
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