Friend or Foe?

Friend or Foe?

Although the Badgers have made headway in their 2010 recruiting class, Wisconsin has yet to grab a player from the state of Florida. That may change with Hollywood Hills defensive end Clarence Murphy, who likes the Badgers from what he's seen on TV, but has another agenda on his plate, as well.

MADISON - With Wisconsin starting to make headway in its 2010 recruiting class, there is little doubt that the class is going to be heavily filled with talented athletes from the Badger State, as seven of UW's 13 known verbal commits are Wisconsin natives.

Even so, members of the Badger coaching staff still haven't stopped recruiting the lush recruiting grounds of Florida, where UW has grabbed plenty of talented prospects over the last decade.

Clarence Murphy could be one of the prospects, as the 6-foot-3, 230 pound defensive end has taken quite a shine to the University of Wisconsin.

Finishing his junior season with 60 tackles and six sacks for Hollywood Hills High School, Murphy is up to six scholarship offers - UCF, Colorado State, Florida International, Maryland, South Florida and UW – and sees the Badgers sticking out among the rest.

"There are quite a few schools looking at me and right now, I am undecided as who all my favorites are," Murphy told Badger Nation on Monday. "I really like Wisconsin, and I am going to take a visit there sometime in the fall. I am really excited to see the atmosphere and what the school has to offer. I have to get in touch with the coaches and set it up."

Just like all the other recruits from the Sunshine State, Murphy's recruit is being handled by defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, who is becoming well known in Florida and has developed a strong talking relationship with Murphy.

"Me and Coach Partridge, we talk a lot," Murphy said. "He tells me a lot of things about football and the school. He's an excellent teacher. Wisconsin is a good school. They get a lot of TV time. They just have a good school."

Although Wisconsin appears to be the front runner for Murphy, the Badgers will have other obstacles to content with. In addition to Michigan, Minnesota and Ole Miss starting to recruit him hard entering his senior season, Murphy has hopes of playing college football with his good friend, and teammate Tony Grimes.

Grimes, a four-star cornerback that is rated as the fifth-best corner in the country by Scout.com, has over 20 scholarship offers (including Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Ohio State to name a few), but does not have an offer from Wisconsin. The two good friends are planning on visiting Madison, but want to play college football together.

"Right now, I am currently talking to Tony Grimes and we're debating whether we should go to school together or not," Murphy said "Tony doesn't have an offer from Wisconsin. If I get an offer from Michigan, he tells me that's what he wants to do.

"We actually bumped into each other in middle school playing basketball against each other and once we got to high school, we just became real good friends," Murphy added of their friendship. "We just bonded and always keep each other company on and off the field."

Hoping to make his decision sometime during his senior season after he takes a few visits, Murphy said his decision is going to come down to the football program and the academics of that school. While he's happy with the offers he has, Murphy hopes the chance to play with his good friend becomes a reality – whether is be in Madison or Ann Arbor.

"If I get an offer from Michigan, that would be great but if not, I guess I'll end up going to school by myself," he said. "I am definitely going to try to get it. We're hoping to go to school together and planning on doing it."

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