The Tigers have been at the top of his list since Miles gave him an offer in February and Tiger Rag caught up with the blue-chip prospect to see if things remained the same.
Tiger Rag: What schools have given you an offer?
Murphy: LSU, Auburn, Florida, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Southern and UL-Monroe.
Tiger Rag: What camps have you been to this summer?
Murphy: I went to Ole Miss and Texas A&M so far. I didn't take part in the camp though. I just checked out the campus and talked to the coaches. The coaches told me I didn't have to workout or anything because they already knew they wanted me.
Tiger Rag: Do you plan on making anymore camps or is that it?
Murphy: I'm going to LSU's camp in July and I also plan on making Auburn's in July.
Tiger Rag: Richard, everybody knows about the torn ACL you suffered last season. How is the rehab going?
Murphy: It's going good. I'm squatting and getting the knee a lot stronger. I'm running well on it and I'd say I'm about 95 percent.
Tiger Rag: When I spoke to you during the May evaluation period you said there was a chance you would commit before your senior year. Is that still the case?
Murphy: Yes. That is still the plan. I talked to coach (Bo) Barton (Rayville head coach) and he wants me to go ahead and commit before the season starts so I can focus on our season. I'm going to talk to him when I get back from LSU and Auburn and then we will probably make a decision.
Tiger Rag: Have you narrowed things down yet?
Murphy: LSU, Auburn and Florida are the main three in no particular order.
Tiger Rag: What stands out with each of those three?
LSU-They run the ball a lot and they're losing some running backs. It's close to home too. I've been to LSU before and I like the campus a lot. They have some good facilities and I feel real comfortable there.
Auburn-They run the ball a lot too and they're hurting at the running back spot. I've never been to their campus so I'm looking forward to going there.
Florida-I grew up hearing everybody talk about the Gators and I've just always liked them.
Tiger Rag: How big of a factor will staying close to home play in your decision?
Murphy: It will be a pretty big influence on my decision.
Tiger Rag: Does the distance factor give LSU an edge over the others?
Murphy: Yes sir. On the weekend I could go home and visit my family and friends plus they could see me play.
Tiger Rag: Richard, would say that LSU is the team to beat?
Murphy: Yes sir.
Tiger Rag: Is it going to be hard for Auburn, Florida or any other school to beat LSU for your signature?
Murphy: Yes sir.
Tidbits: Murphy ran for 2,147 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior and was named first team all-state. He has already amassed 5,500 yards rushing in his career. He reports a 2.6 GPA/16 ACT--June retake (waiting on results).
Tiger Rag sit-down with Rayville RB
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