Former Dollarway multi-sport Henri Murphy has always been sure that he could play at a high major Division I football program and he has now put himself in position to do just that.
Murphy (5-11, 190), a wide receiver/cornerback who just finished up his freshman year at Decatur, Miss., East Central Community College, got an offer from Arkansas earlier this week.
The Razorbacks joined Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Memphis, Toledo and Western Kentucky in offering Murphy, who won both the 100 and 220 meter dashes at the Meet of Champs in 2015.
“The one from Arkansas was one that I really had been waiting on for a long time,” Murphy said. “I had hoped to get one back in high school, but now that I have it. I am really excited about it.”
Murphy was told of the offer by his former Dollarway teammate and current Razorback safety Josh Liddell while both were in Pine Bluff.
“He was talking to (Arkansas head) Coach (Bret) Bielema and Coach B told him to tell me that I had a full ride and he wanted me to be a Razorback,” Murphy said. “I was like ‘man, you are kidding me?’ And he was ‘No, you really do have an offer and now you need to come be a Razorback with me.’
"He told Coach B that I was reliable and he could depend on me,"
Murphy originally signed with Henderson State out of high school, but never ended up there.
“After I signed with Henderson State on signing day, Memphis offered me in track,” Murphy said. “I wanted to go to Memphis, but Henderson State wouldn’t release me so I decided to go to junior college instead.”
There is a possibility that Murphy could be in somebody’s camp this fall instead of being a December transfer because he made a qualifying ACT score last summer.
“That depends on getting that release,” Murphy said. “If I don’t get it, I will just go back for my sophomore season at East Central. We’ll just see how that goes.”
Murphy lined up at wide receiver for East Central last season and had 14 catches for 251 yards and two scores, had 8 carries for 43 yards and 6 kickoff returns for 272 yards,
“I played wide receiver last season, but I worked at cornerback this spring,” Murphy said. “I can play on either side of the ball, just wherever a coach needs me. I just make plays.”