Louis Murphy Likes Way UF Team Bonds To Meyer

Posted Jan 23, 2005

St. Petersburg Lakewood wide receiver Louis Murphy took his official trip to the University of Florida and reaffirmed his commitment to the Gators. While this should come as no surprise, Murphy did take notice of just how quickly the Meyer effect has taken place.

"It was a good trip," Murphy said. "I think the thing that most impressed me was how together the team is under the new coaches. They were close to Coach (Ron) Zook and the former staff but I was impressed at how the players and new coaching staff have bonded. I mean, they've only been here a few weeks, and already you can sense the team focus."

The 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver has already had an in-home visit with Coach (Billy) Gonzalez, who laid out the X and Y production charts of Meyer's spread offense. When he got to Gainesville, he got an even heavier dose of good information.

"The coaches brought us in and explained the system, how they're going to get the ball to us, and how many touches we should expect to see," he said. "They explained the offense, the defense, [and] they really told us what to expect."

Having a team atmosphere on campus is really nothing new, but Murphy described a bond between the players that extended out of the eye of the new Florida staff.

"Andre Caldwell was my host," said the Eagle Scout who is rated three stars by Scout.com. "He was great. You can really tell that he is excited about next season. He is ready to play.

"We all went to Lake Wauberg and had a get together there. The entire team was there. We went to a house party one night and everybody was there, too. We all had a good time just getting to know one another."

GATOR COUNTRY TAKE: Louis Murphy is a solid commitment who is ready to get to Gainesville as soon as possible to start working hard. He's a fine talent, but equally important, he is an oustanding person.

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