December 28, 2008

Murray ready to go

Tampa-Plant and Georgia commitment Aaron Murray said Sunday that the broken leg that knocked him out for nearly half the season is almost 90 percent healed and he's looking forward to taking part in the upcoming U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"It feels great," Murray said in an interview with "I was probably 80-85 percent for the state championship game and with another week off, it's continued to get better every day. It should be 90 percent by the end of the week."

Murray arrived in San Antonio Sunday.

The 6-foot, 198-pounder is one of two Bulldog verbal commitments playing in the contest along with offensive guard Chris Burnette. Austin Long was named to the East squad but he will not play in order to rest a stress fracture in his back.

Two other players high on Georgia's list of recruits - tight end Orson Charles and linebacker Jarvis Jackson - are also playing in the game.

While Murray certainly hopes the pair will join him in Athens, he said he's not going to be bugging them the entire week in regards to signing with Georgia.

"My goal is to hang out with all these guys and get to know everyone," Murray said. "It's a huge privilege to be playing with the top players in the country and I'm not going to badger everybody while they're here. I just want to have a good time. I'm sure there will be some joking around, but we're just all hear to have fun."

Murray also reflected on Plant's march to back-to-back state 4A championships, which culminated two weeks ago with a victory over Tallahassee-Lincoln.

"It was just a true team effort. We had guys step up all year along," Murray said. "There were guys who were in the same situation I was in but came back and played great. It was a great way to finish out my senior year."

Murray will enroll at Georgia upon returning from San Antonio.

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