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Motivated by family, St. Mary’s cornerback on path to free education

Nick Murray boasts seven college football offers. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Nick Murray boasts seven college football offers. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

St. Mary’s-Stockton senior cornerback Nick Murray is motivated to provide for his family.

“I do what I do so they don’t have to worry about college, they don’t have to worry about me,” Murray said. “I do what I’ve got to do to take care of them.”

In a star-studded high school career, Murray has done just that and is creating plenty of opportunities to receive a free education at the next level – with everyone taking notice of his talents right from the beginning.

Murray was thrust into varsity playoff action as a freshman, suiting up with the big boys in his first-ever year of high school and being part of stellar St. Mary’s postseason run.

St. Mary’s advanced all the way to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game before falling to Folsom, a national power who went on to win two consecutive state crowns in 2017 and 2018.

“That’s when I really realized this is going to be my sport and could get a scholarship doing this,” Murray said.

Since then, Murray has been on an upward trajectory that has him on college radars across the country.

During a 7-5 St. Mary’s campaign and a Tri-City Athletic League title run, Murray recorded 24 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore, helping guide the program to become a Sac-Joaquin Section semifinalist – a round in which it fell to eventual state champion Folsom.

One year later, Murray dominated every step of the way. He registered 88 total tackles – 62 solo – to go alongside three touchdowns, one interception, nine pass breakups and two blocked field goals. He would be named the 2019 TCAL Defensive Player of the Year in addition to a third team all-state nod.

And during those first few moments as a freshman on varsity to now, Murray has really honed in on his football IQ to becoming one of the top players in the 2021 class.

“Just the knowledge,” Murray said. “Just became smarter. I have a lot of good influences. All my big brothers – they taught me the game. And just really knowledge. Knowledge is powerful, so knowing the game of football and the ins and outs of it.”

Currently, 247Sports rates Murray as a three-star recruit, holding a No. 191 national ranking at the cornerback position and a No. 246 ranking in the talent-rich state of California.

Seven schools have reached out with an offer so far, featuring Columbia, Florida International, Idaho, Lake Erie, Portland State, San Diego and St. Thomas – the latter offered him exactly one week ago.

This offseason, Murray is gearing up for one last hurrah at the high school level before he goes off to college and has made strides in a number of areas – including his footwork, explosiveness and boasting quicker feet. He showcased his latest progress on the football field at the Elevate209 Iron Sharpens Iron 1ON1s Showcase on Sunday in Elk Grove.

“Honestly, just my own self determination and doing stuff on my own without having a coach telling me what to do because of all this COVID-19,” Murray said. “I had to take a personal note that I have to do it on my own, I have to grind on my own. I just see myself grow in that area.”

With his last high school football season a few months away in 2021, Murray and the Rams are working towards becoming the top dog in California.

“State title is always the goal,” Murray said. “That’s always what I want to accomplish, but personally I want to see myself grow and get ready for the next level in college.”

5 Comments

  1. sophia lee on August 18, 2020 at 10:28 am

    great athlete

  2. Edith Howard on August 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Im so proud of Nick. This young man has a Future, because of the Power within him. His Athleticism is noticeable which he puts on Display when he plays his game. I love him and proud of him again. To see where God will take him next. His Nana.

  3. Jernell on August 19, 2020 at 6:46 am

    I am so proud of Nick, I have watched him grow up into a great young man. His athleticism is out of this world! He is also academically educated very well!! You can’t get no better than that!! I am proud to call him my Cousin/Nephew!! Love you Nick and so beyond proud of you!! Cousin Jernell

  4. Auntie, Brenda Harris on August 21, 2020 at 8:53 am

    HEYYYY, HEY MY ENTHUSIASTIC GREAT NEPHEW, I SEE YOU BECOMING DR. NICK MURRAY❗️ I 💯PRAY THE VERY BEST FOR YOU❗️ YOU ARE A GOLDEN TRIPLE STAR❗️I ENJOYED YOUR UNCUT PROMISING INTERVIEW❗️YES,, I CONTINUE TO BE VERY PROUD OF YOU; AND I LOVE HOW YOU ATTRIBUTE….YOUR FAMILY…. I LOVEE YOU MUCHLY ❗️“SEE YOU DR. NICK MURRAY ‼️💯💋💯🙏🏽💯💪🏽💯💝💯😇💯🌹

  5. Kathy on August 22, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    So happy to see Nick be recognized for his talent and dedication to school and his football leadership! Congratulations 🎉 Go Rams💚

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