Murphy's Goal Becomes Reality

New Razorback cornerback Chris Murphy (5-10, 180) - one of four early enrollees in the 2014 recruiting class - talks about his promise to his late mother to make it to college via football and what his time has been like so far on the University of Arkansas campus.

The only real certainty about Arkansas' 2014 national signing date was that four names were definitely going to be up on the big board.

Those were of Bolivar, Mo., quarterback Rafe Peavey (6-2, 212), Shreveport, La., Evangel wide receiver Jared Cornelius (6-2, 190), Arizona Western junior college wideout Cody Hollister (6-4, 205) and Marietta, Ga., Lassiter cornerback Chris Murphy (5-10, 180).

That's because all four of those players enrolled in classes at Arkansas in January and are currently roommates and getting used to it all together according to Murphy.

"It's been great," Murphy said. "I am living in like a football heaven right now. It is class, football, study hall, sleep and repeat. It is great getting to learn from all the older guys around here."

Murphy's mother passed as he was growing up, but he knows that she is looking down on him and very proud of what he has become.

"It really just has made me work harder to get to my goals," Murphy said. "Right before she passed, she told me that the only thing she wanted me to do was to get to college. She knew football was going to be how I would get to where I need to go. It drove me. It made me work harder to get to where I need to be."

Unlike many of the other Arkansas signees, fans and media have not heard much from Murphy.

He had 31 tackles, five pass break ups, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal for Lassiter his senior season.

"I like to go about my business in silence until I get on the field," Murphy said. "I like to make my noise on the field and not with my mouth."

Murphy likes to think of himself as an all-around corner and not just a lockdown one.

"I'm a cover corner as well as someone who likes to hit people," Murphy said. "I really emphasize my tackling just as much as I do my cover skills. I am the last line of defense and if I don't make that tackle, he's out the gate."

Murphy made it clear that he didn't come to Arkansas with the mindset of redshirting.

"I'm in here to work as hard as a I can and do everything I can to try and make as big an impact as possible and do so as early as possible," Murphy said. "I think I have that chance because I am here early and because of my attention to my technique and my footwork."

Murphy will certainly get that opportunity because of his being on campus this semester per Razorbacks cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson.

"It helps tremendously," Johnson said. "It comes down to having an extra guy and giving him a chance to get acclimated to college classes and the rigors that go with playing college football and the off-season and getting a spring under his belt."

Johnson landed a trio of cornerbacks and a couple of safeties in the 2014 class.

"I think we hit the nail right on the head," Johnson said. "You can see I am one of the guys that is definitely smiling when it comes to the young men we have coming into the program.

"I am very, very excited and I think all those guys bring a wealth of intelligence as well as athleticism, a mean streak and are some guys that we are going to be able to use early."

Murphy chose Arkansas over Missouri, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest and many others.

"It was the people," Murphy said. "It felt like home here. Since we got here all the people have been so welcoming, so nice and they have taken us all under their wing and helping us out. It's been great."

"When I was going through the recruiting process I always wanted to come to a school and help bring the school up to prominence," Murphy said. "That is one thing that I really liked about here. That I could come in here and helped bring it to prominence in the SEC."

Photos by Andy Shupe

Arkansas' four early enrollees (l-r) Jared Cornelius, Chris Murphy, Rafe Peavey and Cody Hollister - joke around at Wednesday's press confernce.

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