2014 Athlete Getting To Know New Auburn Staff
Montgomery, Ala.—An early commitment to Coach Gus Malzahn and Arkansas State before his junior season began at Carver High, talented athlete Draequon Murphy wasn't sure what tho think in December when he heard the news that Malzahn was headed to Auburn to replace Gene Chizik. Now a few months later and more comfortable with the situation, Murphy says he's getting excited about the possibilities that could lie ahead for him and the Auburn program. "I was a little stunned when they left because I had talked with Coach Malzahn before that and he said they weren't going anywhere," Murphy tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It kind of shocked me, but then I thought that I had committed to him at Arkansas State maybe I could get a chance to play for him at Auburn in the SEC. Auburn is a big-time school, a school that has sent a lot of players to the league." Since they arrived at Auburn the new staff has been in contact with Murphy and fellow Carver junior standout Shaun Hamilton. The two were on campus recently for the Auburn-Arkansas basketball game and are planning to be back for a Junior Day next weekend. Murphy says that's something he's really looking forward to, getting a chance to know the new staff even better. "It was a good time," Murphy says of the game. "Hopefully the football crowd will be a little better than this, a little more intense. They've got a brand new coaching staff. Hopefully, they'll get a lot of fans in there to see what Auburn is going to do this year. I think they will win nine or 10 games and the SEC Championship and contend for the title." One of the coaches that Murphy is anxious to sit down with is Dameyune Craig. Known as a dynamic recruiter after his playing days as a dynamic quarterback at Auburn and in professional football, Craig is coaching the wide receivers for the Tigers and that's one of the positions that Murphy is being looked at for by the new staff along with defensive back. "It's very exciting," Murphy says. "I'll get an opportunity to meet the whole coaching staff, especially Coach Craig. That's who I have been waiting to meet." Still committed to Arkansas State at the moment, Murphy says he's hearing from Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Western Kentucky. While he doesn't have any other offers yet, Murphy notes he likes what he's hearing from the Tigers. "They haven't offered me yet," Murphy says. "I talked to Coach Lashlee this week and he told me that all nine coaches were reviewing film and they were going to make sure to review mine." As a junior, Murphy caught 54 passes for 947 yards and nine receiving touchdowns while adding one rushing score as well. Playing quarterback behind Auburn signee Jeremy Johnson, he also added five passing touchdowns. A good friend and someone he looks up to, Murphy says it would be a dream to one day catch passes from Johnson at Auburn and he's hoping to have that opportunity. "It would be great," Murphy says. "I have grown up with Jeremy since we were little. If I could have the chance to play with him again in college like we did in high school then maybe we could hook up on some connections like we did this past year. I could be a big target for Auburn and a big-time player for them in a couple of years."