The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Arizona defensive prospect said he is focusing on his senior season, but still has an interest in the Arizona State and wants to officially visit the school this fall.
“Obviously they (ASU) have a huge season ahead of them,” Murphy said. “We have the same problem right now. We have a huge season ahead of us. So I’m kind of keeping it mellow with all the recruiting right now. I’m not really talking with too many coaches…ASU, they’re definitely still in the picture. But, everything’s pretty mellow for me right now.”
While the fall school season might be mellow for Murphy, the summer was busy.
After recording 71 total tackles, 48 solo tackles, eight and a half tackles for loss and one and a half sacks his junior season, Murphy got a lot of attention in the offseason.
ASU was one of the schools to jump on board early and take interest in the local prospect. Murphy visited ASU in the spring before his recruitment really took off.
In March, Murphy said he was impressed with the ASU coaching staff. The ASU coaches even got an endorsement from his brother Trent Murphy who played at Stanford and was drafted in the second round by the Washington Redskins in 2014.
"My brother decided between Stanford and ASU and told me the reason he didn't go to ASU was because they were older coaches and kind of bland and worn out and didn't have the same energy as these new young coaches do,” Murphy told SunDevilSource in May. “My brother said he really loved these ASU coaches and felt like I could go to war with these guys and they have the things that I should be looking for as far as developing the mental toughness and the scheme and everything."
After his visit to ASU in the spring, Murphy did not spend much time in Arizona. He attended The Opening Finals at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., in early July and told Scout he also made unofficial trips to Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Vanderbilt and UCLA.
Murphy really focused on his recruitment in the summer and coaches from around the conference focused in on him.
“That was crazy over the summer,” Murphy said. “It was really, really blowing up. Coaches were blowing up my Twitter private messages. So that’s where we all like communicated, like ASU, all the schools, mostly Pac-12 schools. But, summertime that’s really when it was all hitting off.”
Murphy’s recruitment will be even more closely followed because of his new ranking. After a great regional showing that was followed up by his impressive performance at The Opening, Murphy jumped 100 spots in the Scout.com national recruiting rankings, one of the biggest climbers nationally.
He went from the low 270 range all the way to the No. 141 recruit in the country Thursday Sept. 10. Murphy is also ranked as the No. 1 defensive end in Arizona, the No. 3 end in the West and the No. 18 end in the country.
During the summer it could have easily been construed Murphy had lost some interest in the Sun Devils after he tweeted a picture of himself next to a Michigan and a USC logo with the question, “Which one do you guys like better?”
Subsequently, ASU was not referenced in a Scout.com story which quoted Murphy on the programs perusing him hardest. “Really it’s just been the same schools,” Murphy reportedly told Scout.com in August. “Pretty much Oregon, Michigan, USC, UCLA, Vanderbilt and a couple other schools I can’t think of right now.”
But, it appears right now ASU still has a shot because Murphy said he will officially visit the in-state school.
“ASU, I’ll obviously take one there, Oregon and USC and then a couple more,” Murphy said about official visits.
Even though it is the home stretch when it comes to recruiting, Murphy is taking his time. He has thought about his official visits but will not be taking any of them soon.
He might sneak in a couple toward the end of his high school season, but is planning to take the majority of them when the high school season concludes. If his team makes a deep playoff run, his season will not end until late November.
Murphy might be traveling out of the Pac-12 with his other official visits. He has 15 scholarship total scholarship offers according to his Twitter profile.
He has shown interest in a couple schools that have ties with his older brother Trent.
Murphy reportedly holds scholarship offers from Stanford, where his brother played for Jim Harbaugh, and Michigan, where Harbaugh is now the head coach.
Murphy also told Scout.com he has been talking with coaches from UCLA and Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason was defensive coordinator at Stanford and also coached Trent. Murphy tweeted out that he got a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt as well.