Springdale tailback DeAndre Murray had a breakout season last year for the Red Bulldogs and now is ready to reap the rewards both on the recruiting trail and on the field next season.
Murray (6-0, 175, 4.37) – who took an unofficial visit to Arkansas last Saturday - ripped off 1,443 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns last season – including a school and 7A-West Conference record of 367 yards against Van Buren while also rolling up 271 at Rogers.
"I liked meeting all the new Arkansas coaches and really just enjoyed the whole visit," Murray said. "I think the Razorbacks have great facilities and the coaches are just going to take the program to an even higher level than it has been in the past."
While he doesn't have any offers yet, Murray is getting looks from Arkansas, Michigan State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Memphis and Ole Miss.
"I think the Arkansas coaches are getting close to offering me and that would certainly be an exciting thing," Murray said. "They just want me to see me in spring practice and maybe at camp this summer."
Murray could play a variety of positions in college – including tailback, wide receiver or in the secondary.
"When we broke up into positions, the Arkansas had me go with the cornerbacks and safeties," Murray said. "I think there are a lot of places I could line up. I like running the ball, but it is about doing whatever I need to help the team win."
Murray believes that the Red Bulldogs are on the verge of being able to compete next season with Fayetteville and Bentonville – the two teams who have won the last three Class 7A state titles and five of the last six.
"We have a lot of talented guys coming back and I think we are going to be right there with those teams at the end of the season," Murray said. "We are going to put the time and effort to make sure that happens."
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