Murphy visited the Ole Miss campus recently with his parents.
"I really wanted to find out what kind of atmosphere the players are in,"
Murphy said after the Oxford visit. "What kind of personal goals they have
and what kind of program they have. I did find out about a lot of that. I talked
to their running backs coach, coach(Derrick) Nix. He told us about what we should
be looking for and does my personality fit this school and what you're going
to get out of it. He asked me if I got hurt and couldn't play football anymore
would I be happy at Ole Miss as just a regular student. Could I see myself going
there? It gave me a lot of things to think about. Not just Ole Miss but for
all of the schools I'm looking at. I really liked how coach Nix just laid it
out there and showed the angle I need to take in my recruiting approach."
"The program that Ole Miss has, I'm really impressed with it. I really like it
at Ole Miss. The coaching staff is really nice and the people around there are
really nice. Everybody seems motivated and working towards one goal. A lot of
things on that visit really caught my eye."
When did the relationship start between Murphy and Ole Miss?
"I grew up in Florence, Miss., until I moved to Missouri after my sixth
grade season. There were a lot of Ole Miss fans in Mississippi so I was always interested
in them. Everywhere you go in Mississippi there are Ole Miss fans. The whole
community has your back and there's just family everywhere so I sent them some
film, and they watched it and invited me up for their junior day.
Did the visit meet Scout.com's #48 rated running back's expectations or exceed
"It actually exceeded my expectations because I'd never been to Ole Miss.
A lot of my friends growing up in Florence were more of Mississippi State fans.
They never really had too much good to say about Ole Miss; I wanted to see
it for myself. I never knew much about Ole Miss, so when I got up here I was
just kind of blown away with the facilities and the energy they have around
their program. It really exceeded my expectations. I left their campus happy
and fulfilled with everything I wanted to get out."
Did the Rebel coaches talk about the 6' 0", 220-pound back's offer status?
"No, I don't have an offer right now from them. We talked about what
they want to see for me to get an offer. I'm definitely on their radar. They
want me to come back for their June invite-only camp. There will around 10 backs there. They'll push us through some drills. They want to see if I fit
and does he like to coach me and do I like his coaching? Would it work for both
of us? He gave me some tips to work on and a little bit of coaches and told
me some things to do between now and when I come back to their camp. We watched
some film and talked about some of their plays."
Which colleges have now offered?
"I have offers from Iowa, Illinois and I got an offer from Mississippi
State at their junior day last weekend."
What stands out about Iowa?
"They're great people. They're really nice. They have a great program
up there, and they're looking to run the ball a lot which that is really important
to me since that is my position. I did enjoy my time up at Iowa, and they're really nice people, too."
"I haven't gotten to talk to them as much. They did give me an offer.
I really appreciate them more, and I hope to get up there soon."
What about MSU?
"I'm a highly-sought recruit for them. I've been to a couple of games
of theirs and have good relationships with those guys."
The first team All-State performer had a successful junior season.
"I had, altogether, 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns. I had a good year my
junior season and want to keep getting better my senior year. I just like running
the ball and getting straight down hill. I'm elusive and can around people
but my thing is just to run right through you and getting the extra, tough yards.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org