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Cougar Football: Trey Murray signs NLI to Catawba

“This is something that you dream about as a kid! It’s like when you play a video game and create your own player. I’m so excited and grateful to play at the next level. Indians here I come!” – Trey Murray

Trey Murray, Colleton County Cougar Football Safety, inked his National Letter of Intent to play for Catawba College located in Salisbury, North Carolina on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The Catawba Indians compete in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference.

Trey Murray, Colleton County Cougar Football Safety, inked his National Letter of Intent to play for Catawba College located in Salisbury, North Carolina on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The Catawba Indians compete in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference.

Murray committed to Catawba, a small private liberal arts college which offers over 40 fields of study, on January 31, 2016 after visiting the campus and being offered a full scholarship. “They made me feel like I was already part of the team,” said Murray. “Coach told me I could start as a true freshman. I love the campus and it feels like where I should be.” He looks to contribute as a safety/receiver for the Indians.

According to Murray, who boosted his GPA to a 3.12 during his senior year, academics played a role in his decision to become an Indian. “Academics were an important part of my decision,” said Murray. “I felt like the smaller student-professor ratio would be beneficial to me as a student-athlete. I am excited to play football and earn my college degree.” Murray fielded offers from Newberry, Jacksonville University and Valdosta State University and visited Auburn, Furman and East Carolina University.

As a Colleton County Cougar, Murray spent two years on the junior varsity team and earned three varsity letters. He was named All-State in 2014, participated in the NUC All-State Football Game in Myrtle Beach (2015), All-Lowcountry Second Team Preseason (2015), All-Region (2015), Player of the Game (James Island, 2014), Play of the Game (West Ashley, 2015) and Cougar Football Leader (2014, 2015). He also plays basketball and track and field for the Cougars.

Murray credits his faith and the Cougar Football staff for much of his success across the past five years. “First, I have to give honor to God,” said Murray. “Then, I have to thank Coach Chris Collins for motivating me and believing in me,” acknowledged Murray. “I also thank Coach Ryan McDonnell for staying on me in the weight room, Coach Fred Hamilton for teaching me to play physically and to always have heart, while Coach Neal Smith for helped me to become one of the top defensive backs in the state of South Carolina.”

According to Murray, he owes much credit to his parents, Kerion and Farena Murray, for their support in his pursuit of playing football collegiately. “They have always been there for me, along with my grandparents and extended family,” said Trey. “I owe a lot to my teachers throughout the years, along with Coach Jay Davis who first started me playing football.”

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