CROSS PLAINS - While Luke Murphy is about to enter his last season of high school baseball at East Robertson High School, his career on the diamond is really only just beginning.
Recently, Murphy headed out to Oklahoma to play for Team Tennessee, alongside future Vanderbilt teammates Ryan Weathers and Tate Kolwyck.
Murphy, who also has received offers from Mississippi State, MTSU and Miami University, said the decision to join the Commodores was an easy one.
"It's exciting," Murphy said. "I grew up a huge Vanderbilt fan and went to all of their camps."
Murphy pitched one game in the Junior Sun Belt Classic for Team Tennessee, but had a strong outing going five solid innings and earning a win against Oklahoma Gold. Tennessee placed third in the 10-team tournament.
While down there, Murphy stayed with a host family and roomed with Weathers.
"It's really nice knowing that I'll have someone going in when I get to Vanderbilt," Murphy said. "We have the same personality and we got to be really good friends while we were down there."
Both pitchers committed a day apart -- Murphy on June 27, 2016 and Weathers the next day.
After the tournament, the Murphy family drove 14 hours to Ft. Myers, Florida for the Perfect Game National Showcase.
Murphy pitched two innings, gave up one hit and struck out three batters. His fastball topped out at 92 mph, giving him a successful outing in front of over 100 professional scouts.
"It was overwhelming," Murphy said. "Taking the mound and looking out and seeing all of the scouts. It was exciting, but overwhelming. It was all just a good atmosphere and an overall great experience."