Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page

Hattiesburg High School stand out receiver tags Mississippi State as his overall leader.

Mississippi State was among the first to offer Hattiesburg High School wide out Jordan Murphy. Now with the in state trifecta in hand, Murphy has some thinking to do. The talented pass catcher recently spent some time in Starkville to learn more about what the Bulldogs had to offer.

"I have offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss," Jordan Murphy shared. "I was happy to get those offers. I was hoping to get some early offers and those are three really good ones. I am hearing from some other schools too like Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee and a few more."

Murphy has not been out and about as much as he hoped to be, but he appears to have enjoyed his time on campus at Mississippi State.

"I really like all of the facilities up there," Murphy said of Mississippi State. "I really like the coaches and I like how the throw the football. They have a great offense and I feel like I could make some plays in the slot in that offense. I am not sure I am big enough or tall enough to play on the outside."

On the strength of that visit to Starkville, it appears that the Bulldogs have taken an early lead for one of Mississippi's most prolific wide receivers.

"I like everything the coaches at Mississippi State said," Murphy admitted. "I really like Coach (Billy) Gonzales. He has worked with a lot of great receivers and he made me feel at home up there. He had a lot of positive things to say and he told me about how they like to use the receivers in their offense."

While the Bulldogs appear to have the inside track, Murphy has not yet been persuaded to be a Bulldog just yet.

"I am liking Mississippi State right now, but I am not ready to make a decision," Murphy said. "I am probably going to wait until after the season. I have a lot of time to decide and I want to go to some camps and visit some schools this summer.

"I will probably just wait it and out and see what offers I get before I make a decision. Even if I don't get anymore, I have some good options now. It's really just getting started, so I am not going to be in a hurry to make a decision."

Murphy led Coach Tony Vance's Hattiesburg High School Tigers in every virtually every receiving statistics. The talented junior caught 50 passes for 844 yards and 11 scores, all team highs. 

Mississippi State will lose Fred Brown and Fred Ross to graduation this year, but with a strong in state wide receiver class in state the Bulldogs are expected to use more than two available scholarships at the wide receiver position. 


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