Archive for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Murrell signs at Northeastern Oklahoma

February 20, 2008

Matt Murrell will continue his soccer career in Oklahoma.

The Basehor-Linwood goalie signed with Division-II Northeastern State University on national signing day.

"It was a dream come true," Murrell said. "I am really excited. I can't wait to start the season with them."

Murrell is heading to a good program that recruits nationally but has a few international players. Murrell's scholarship will cover 60 percent of tuition.

"The next step is going professional," Murrell said. "I've wanted to play professional since I was 3 years old. A college scholarship is a big, big step toward going professional."

Murrell began receiving recruiting calls after the soccer season ended. Several colleges expressed interest in looking at the Bobcat and having him tour their schools. Murrell had planned on taking all of his college visits in January.

That changed after his first visit.

"As soon as I got there I knew it was going to be the college I went to," Murrell said. "I knew it was the place I wanted to be. So I canceled all of my other visits, called them, and committed to them."

Basehor-Linwood soccer coach Kevin Vincent helped Murrell during the recruiting process. The coach contacted schools to gauge interest in his star goalie.

"I am really excited for him," Vincent said. "(Northeastern State) has a good program. He has a chance to make an impact for them. He was an exceptional player in high school."

Murrell is setting a good example for younger players in the program. Having players sign to play at the next level is a good indication that the program is taking the next step in its progression, Vincent said.

Murrell said he is confident that he can play right away. Northeastern State has another goalie who will be a redshirt freshman.

"They want competition," Murrell said. "If I start one game, I might not start the next game. That's how it should be."

Murrell said he must improve his fitness at the next level.

"I have to give it 110 percent all the time, every time. There is no settling for less," Murrell said.

Leaving behind Basehor-Linwood will be filled with mixed emotions for Murrell.

"I love everything about Basehor," Murrell said. "I love the soccer team that is here. I'm going to miss these guys. I'm still going to have all my friends here. I'm not going to forget about them."

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