Murphy intrigued by ASU visit

Saguaro star Byron Murphy, Arizona's top defensive back prospect, visited Arizona State for its scrimmage Saturday and received a lot of attention from coaches.

Arizona State coach Todd Graham regularly works with his team's cornerbacks in skill development periods of practice, so it shouldn't come as a surprise he might regard an elite in-state recruit at the position as his top target.

Graham and secondary coach Chris Ball spent at least the first 15 minutes of Saturday's ASU practice putting a full court press on Scottsdale Saguaro two-way star player Byron Murphy, an unofficial visitor to the school for the first time this spring.

"He told me that I was his top recruit," Murphy said. "It meant a lot to me. It had a big impact on me."

Ranked No. 96 overall in the 2016 class including No. 9 at cornerback and No. 2 in the west at the position, it's understandable why Graham would be taking such an intense interest.

Murphy was impressed by more about the visit than just what he said Graham told him, though.

"I really liked seeing the ASU defense," Murphy said. "They really like to play an aggressive man and that's what we play at Saguaro. So I was really watching the corners and seeing how they play and it was how I like playing the position."

Murphy, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, was accompanied on the visit by his mother, step-father and several friends.

"They didn't really know that much about ASU but today I was talking to my mom about it and they learned a lot," he said. "They didn't expect what they saw but they really liked it a lot."

With reported offers from some of the highest profile programs around the country including Florida State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin, it's going to be difficult for any school to earn Murphy's NLI signature.

But ASU at least helped its chances Saturday, Murphy said.

"Yeah it definitely does make me more interested," he said. "Everything is still open right now because I haven't really been anywhere but ASU is up there."

Murphy said he's planning to visit UCLA and Washington in coming months and take official visits in the fall before ultimately reaching a decision.


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