Auburn, Others Showing Interest In Murphy

A class of 2014 wide receiver/safety prospect talks about his trip to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Montgomery, Ala.--On a team loaded with college prospects, including Auburn signee and the state of Alabama's Mr. Football, it isn't easy to stand out. However, that hasn't been a problem for young Draequon Murphy.

He was impressive enough as a sophomore to get a very early offer from Gus Malzahn when the current head coach was running the football program at Arkansas State last year.

Murphy committed to play for the Red Wolves last August, but with Malzahn now the head coach of the Tigers the two-way standout is interested in Auburn.

One of around 150 prospects who attended Auburn's first major junior day for class of 2014 prospects, Murphy said he enjoyed the event.

"It was nice and the coaching staff is great," he said. "I got a chance to meet Coach Craig (wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig) for the first time. The Tigers really showed me a good time.

"I talked to Coach Malzahn, walked around with the Tigerettes, got a chance to meet the whole coaching staff for the first time and toured the campus," said Murphy, who is 16-years-old.

Draequon Murphy

He noted that Malzahn told the junior that an Auburn offer could be on the way after Craig gets the opportunity to evaluate the 6-0 1/2, 201-pounder as a receiver.

Murphy, who also plays safety, caught 50 passes for 470 yards as a junior, helping quarterback Jeremy Johnson put up big numbers. Murphy caught 10 touchdown passes and threw for five more in part-time duty as Johnson's backup at QB.

Johnson signed in February to play for Malzahn's Tigers . Murphy said he can see why his teammate likes the Auburn head coach.

"Coach Malzahn is a great coach, a great offensive-minded coach," Murphy said. "He is going to score a lot of points with his offense and expects a lot out of his players.

"He is a great recruiter, he makes sure he tells you everything you want to hear and he stays down to earth with you," the prospect added.

Draequon Murphy

In addition to Auburn and Arkansas State, Murphy is receiving attention from other college coaching staffs. "Alabama is recruiting me hard now," he points out. "Tennessee, LSU, Kentucky, Vandy and Western Kentucky are also recruiting me."

Murphy also plays basketball at Carver. His season in that sport ended on Thursday as the Wolverines lost to Sparkman in the semi-finals of the Class 6A playoffs.

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