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Derek Winter = BAIT

If you guys remember…Auburn has been recruiting this guy Derek Winter.


You can read more about him HERE. Well…i wasnt to impressed. He’s only a 2 star WR on  6-foot-0, 178-pound. Basically there are better, faster, stronger WR’s out there we could be scooping. Can anyone hollar at Julio for me??? But word is Franklin is taking a trip to visit Winter this week. So whats the deal? Is he really all that? This here is what made me realize that Tuberville and co. are smart recruiters. If you do a little research on and look in the High school Winter is coming from (Plant High School)…this is what you find: 4 star Aaron Murray. They are trying to scoop winter to BAIT murray to sign with AU in 09′. Genius.

Offers from across the country are pouring in for Tampa Plant quarterback Aaron Murray, who set the state single-season record for touchdowns with 51 this year. Georgia, Auburn, Boston College, Tennessee, Stanford and many more have gotten involved.

Still, one team that hasn’t offered yet remains at or near the top for the 6-foot-1, 198-pound recruit who is rated as the No. 45 prospect in the top 100 of 2009. That’s the Florida Gators.

Murray is one of the top junior quarterbacks in the country.

“They’re my top team,” Murray said. “They’re definitely top two or three. I love the coaching staff. Coach (Urban) Meyer is a great guy. I’ve gone to a couple practices. I’ve known coach (Dan) Mullen from the end of my freshman year when I went to camp and worked with him and talked with him. I feel real comfortable there. I’ve been able to talk with some of the players and get a feel.”

Murray had a record-breaking season in his first year as a starter at Plant, which advanced to the class 4A state quarterfinals before losing to Seffner Armwood, 36-7.

He completed 201 of 329 passes (61 percent) for 4,013 yards with 51 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. His touchdown record bested former Plant quarterback Robert Marve‘s number. Marve redshirted this season at Miami.

Schools from all over the country are trying to get involved with Murray, who was spotted at a Florida practice in December. Ole Miss, Oregon State and South Florida were the first three schools to offer him.

South Carolina has recently gotten involved. He said Florida has not offered yet and he has been told the Gators are probably only going to take one quarterback in the 2009 class. Florida is already one of Murray’s top teams. If the Gators offered, it would give them a good chance of landing the Tampa standout.

“It’s a great place, a great atmosphere,” Murray said. “According to them, they’re looking for the quarterback they take in my year to start for two years and they’re going to look for the perfect person. Hopefully, we could work something out.

“Their offense is very similar to the offense we run at Plant. We have the option read, do a lot of passing. The offense is very similar and it would be nice to not worry about that much change. We spread them out and I think it’s the best chance to win and the best chance to be recruited.”

Murray also rushed for 932 yards and 12 touchdowns on 98 carries this season. rates only three quarterbacks higher than him in the junior class. They are Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei’s Matt Barkley, the No. 1 overall player, Sulphur Springs (Texas) recruit Tyrik Rollison and Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch’s Kevin Newsome.

Other top quarterback prospects who have mentioned Florida include Tom Savage, the MVP of the U.S. Army National Combine held recently in San Antonio, Tate Forcier, Garrett Gilbert and others. Murray said he’s thankful Plant runs an offense where he can utilize his skills and, in turn, get noticed by college coaches.

“It’s fun,” Murray said. “I can’t picture myself in an offense where I get back there and hand the ball off every time. No one can really compare to our offensive stats. Our receivers put up ridiculous numbers.

“It’s a fun offense. We put up 30, 40, 50 points. Our offense is exciting to watch and play in. It’s fast-paced and we spread the ball around. It’s a great offense and I’m glad I’m in it.”

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