Bloomington – It didn't take Indiana long to address its recruiting needs in the defensive backfield.
In fact, it appears the Hoosiers were able to cross that off their to do list in the matter of two days.
After securing verbal commitments from top-75 cornerbacks Nick Stoner and Kenny Mullen on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, Indiana added a big, physical safety to the fold as well as Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's Mark Murphy added his name to IU's Class of 2011.
"IU has been doing some good things the last couple of years, I liked the coaches, and I like where they're going," said Murphy, a two-star prospect according to Scout.com. "I really think it's a good spot for me and I think there will be an opportunity to help early in my career."
Murphy picked Indiana over offers from Arizona, Kent State and Akron. He admits there was a draw to head to Arizona, but the chance to play in the Big Ten and stay closer to home was too much to pass up.
That was good news for Indiana, which is getting a player who totaled 84 tackles and three interceptions as a junior on defense while chipping in another 886 yards rushing and nine touchdowns as running back on offense.
Despite those solid numbers carrying the ball, Murphy says there's no doubt that he'll be in the defensive backfield when his Indiana career gets underway in the fall of 2011.
"I love being on the field all the time so I've enjoyed playing both ways in high school," Murphy said. "But I only play offense because my team needs me. At Indiana it will definitely be defense."
It was also definitely be at safety, where Murphy has the measurable to be the type of big, physical safety that Big Ten programs covet as they look to defense the run as well as the pass.
"I love safety because it's the best of both worlds – you're like a linebacker but you're not," Murphy said. "You get to fill on the run and also be in on the pass. You make decisions on coverage calls, kind of in control of what's going on out there."
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