Murphy Signs With Arkansas

Arkansas adds its first signee of the 2014 class as Marietta, Ga., Lassiter cornerback Chris Murphy inks a financial aid agreement with the Razorbacks.

Marietta, Ga., Lassiter cornerback Chris Murphy has become the first known 2014 recruit to sign a financial aid agreement with Arkansas.

Murphy, a 5-10, 175-pound lockdown corner, tweeted a picture of his signed financial aid agreement on Thursday morning.

He confirmed the signing with a picture of a letter from Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and his agreement and a tweet which said "I know my mom's looking down on me smiling…#RIP #WPS

A recent NCAA rule change now allows athletes to sign a financial aid agreement after August 1 if they plan to enroll at the school of their choice in January.

The agreement binds the school to the player, but not the player to the school.

Murphy chose Arkansas over some 20 other offers, including Oklahoma State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forrest, Purdue and Washington State.

He committed to the Razorbacks in July after visiting Arkansas in April for its spring game, which had 51,088 fans on hand.

Bielema's letter dated Nov. 11 said:

"It is my pleasure to inform you that our coaches and I are thrilled you have accepted a full football scholarship to the University of Arkansas. The coaching staff and I believe your academic, athletic and personal accomplishments make you an excellent fit for the University of Arkansas.

"I believe you are a tremendous football player, a quality student and an outstanding young man. I am very confident you will be a great fit in our football program, university and community. I also believe you will truly appreciate all that Arkansas has to offer: Academic Excellence, Championship Football Tradition, Great People and an Amazing Collegiate Environment.

"We are excited to have you as a part of the Razorback Football Family and look forward to watching you earn a degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the country."

Bielema added "Can't wait to have you here full time!" in his own handwriting.

Bolivar, Mo., quarterbackRafe Peavey and Shreveport, La., Evangel wideout Jared Cornelius are also expected to enroll early and go through spring practice with Arkansas.

The Razorbacks currently have 17 commitments in the 2014 class.


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