However, the rising senior announced his intention last week by selecting Arkansas over the likes of North Carolina, Purdue, Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington State and West Virginia.
The 5-foot-11, 180 pound Murphy, who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, made the announcement via Twitter where he expressed his gratitude to those who helped him reach his decision.
“I want to say thanks to everyone that’s helped me in this process,” he said on his Twitter feed. “I’m proud to announce that I have committed to # Arkansas!”
Lassiter coach Jeb Irwin said Murphy wanted to make his decision before the season began so that it wouldn’t be a distraction.
“He traveled quite a bit in the off-season to try to make his decision complete before the season started,” said Irwin. “He felt really comfortable with the University of Arkansas after visiting there. Coach Taver Johnson from Arkansas did a great job of recruiting him and it really make him feel like the University of Arkansas was the best play for him. Obviously being in the SEC West, probably the premier division in all of college football, it’s a great place for Chris to go to be challenged and grow and develop as a player.”
According to Irwin, players invest a lot in the recruiting process and Murphy didn’t take it lightly.
“I would give him an A-plus on the recruiting process,” said Irwin. “He has been very respectful to all the coaches. He has listened to all the coaches. He has communicated with all the coaches and he has spent the time he needs to spend and taken the visits he needed to take. All of that speaks to what I find young man Chris is.”
The production numbers from his junior season don’t reflect Murphy’s skill. He made two interceptions and recorded fewer than 20 tackles in 13 games. Irwin said the Trojans didn’t play many passing teams in 2012 and when they did, the opposing offenses knew not to throw in Murphy’s direction.
“Our region and our schedule is pretty run-heavy, but he made big plays” Irwin said. “The last game of our season, even though we lost, was probably Chris’ best game against Brookwood. We asked him to play made-to-made coverage against Brookwood’s best player and he did a phenomenal game. He potential is very high as a defensive back.”