Armando Murillo ready to face the best

Dwayne Jarrett. Limas Sweed. Adarrius Bowman. Those are names that might make some cornerbacks cringe. Eastern Arizona cornerback Armando Murillo isn't one of them. He lives for that kind of competition and knows that to achieve his dreams, those are the kind of players he needs to face. He will get his shot, because today he officially became a Husker.

It's always refreshing to hear a kid say that they aren't afraid of competition. It's equally nice to hear them say that if there's a great receiver out there, they want to face them. I know that lots of kids say that, most not realizing how good that kind of competition really is. But for Eastern Arizona DB Armando Murillo, he says he knows exactly what it means to face talent like that.

"If you want to prove you are good, there's only one way to do that and that's to face the best," he said. "It's not going to be easy, but if you face a bunch of guys like that, it gets easier the more you do it."

"If you want to make it to the NFL, you have to face the best receivers you can in college, and that's what I plan to do. That's why I chose Nebraska."

Coming off a recent official to West Virginia, Murillo said that he had a feeling that he was going to be a Husker all along. Even while visiting the Mountaineers and acknowledging how nice it was, he kept coming back to something that at least with the Big East, he didn't really see.

Competition, and big time competition. That's what he wants, and he knows with Nebraska, that's what he's going to get.

"You play in the Big 12, you know you are going to face great players every single weekend," he said. "You face Texas and they got Limas Sweed. You face Oklahoma State and they got that Bowman guy. And on top of that, they play USC and that's nothing but NFL-type receivers."

"I don't have much time, so I have to face the best competition I can to get to where I want to be so I can have a real shot at the NFL."

At 6 foot and 190 pounds, you could call Murillo's speed ideal. And with a reported 4.4/40, he's speed is pretty nice as well. But that alone isn't enough, according to Armando. You have to bring it all together with perhaps the most important aspect of all.

"You line up against whoever, you have to believe that you are going to win that battle every single time," he said of his mindset playing CB. "You have to think that there's nothing this guy can do that will get you off of him or give him the confidence to where he thinks he can catch balls on your all day. You can't let up. You go at them, and sometimes you get beat, but that's just one play. That's just the battle. I plan on wining the war."

As Murillo noted, he doesn't have a lot of time to get in and make an impact with the big red. He doesn't have a redshirt year, so he's looking at two years to play two. The good news is that he's a midyear transfer, meaning that once Spring ball arrives, he'll be on campus working out with the team. Armando is already waiting to begin.

"I'm not messing around. I know I have a lot to learn and it is going to take some time to learn the system, the techniques and everything," he said. "But I am going to start doing that the instant I get on campus. I'm expecting to play (my first year). The coaches are expecting me to play. So, now I just have to get in there and get it done."

When Murillo smells an opportunity, he'd tell you that he's not one to pass it up. He had a real sense of that as he visited Nebraska back in early October. He saw the competition, saw the depth chart and realized that for him, this was where he wanted to play. It just took a little extra time to make sure. He knows now, though, and now that this decision is done, he's eager to show what he can do.

‘Nebraska has the complete package, everything I could want in a school," he said. "I know there I will become the best player I can be. I like that. I want that, because I want to show everyone what I can do."

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