Billerica Class of 2014 righthander Chris Murphy verbally committed to the University of Maine today, on an unofficial visit to the Orono, Maine campus.
"I'm really excited with the school, it's a great fit," Murphy told ESPNBoston.com. "The facilities at Maine are next to none, the coaches are great, and they gave me a great offer, which really convinced me to go to Maine."
The offer for Murphy is close to a full ride, though he declined to get into specifics. Murphy was also considering offers from UMass-Lowell, Northeastern and Morehead State (Ky.) at the time of his commitment.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Murphy was the winning pitcher for the Indians' historic MIAA Division 1 North Final victory over heavily-favored St. John's Prep, which gave Billerica its first district title in 30 years. This summer, the righthander has seen his velocity climb to the 86-89 range while playing with the North East Baseball summer club.
"[Maine's coaches] said I had a really projectable frame," Murphy said. "They like my competitiveness on mound, how I bounce back from bad outings. They liked my competitiveness when they came to see me mutliptle times.
"[To hear that] makes me feel accomplished. I've been working hard for 17 years now, and this has been my dream since day one when I started playing baseball, to get to play college baseball at a Division 1 school. It feels great to hear them compliment me on such a great thing like that."