2014 CB Plans Third Trip to UNC

Although he has visited twice previously for different events, Chris Murphy, a 2014 defensive back, is looking to return to North Carolina for a football game this fall.

"I've already set up a visit to go down there next weekend for the NC State game," Murphy said. "North Carolina was one of the schools that offered me, I wanted to see a big game atmosphere there – like a rivalry atmosphere."

Previously, Murphy attended a junior day and camped at UNC. Shortly after participating in the Tar Heels' camp, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback from Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter received a UNC scholarship offer.

"After camp was over, I was talking to Coach [Dan] Disch and he was like ‘There's no way I don't see you being an early offer for us,'" Murphy said. "And then I went back and talked to Coach [Walt] Bell and he was like ‘We're going to discuss the camp and I want you to call me later.' I called him back a few hours later and that's when they offered me."

Throughout the camp, Murphy was able to get a good feel for how Disch coaches his defensive backs.

"I like Coach Disch," Murphy said. "I like the way they set up the defense and the way they play."

The UNC coach Murphy communicates the most with, though, is Bell, who recruits Murphy's area. The two speak once or twice a week, according to Murphy.

"With Coach Bell, I'm just keeping him up to date on how everything is going with my season," Murphy said.

Murphy's junior season is going as well as could be expected – Lassiter is undefeated at 6-0 and he's been shutting down his side of the field. On the season, he has 13 tackles, five pass breakups, and an interception.

"My season has been going well, but [opponents] aren't throwing my way, though," Murphy said. "But I've been making the most of everything that's been coming my way."

In addition to UNC, Murphy has collected scholarship offers from Purdue and Vanderbilt.

At this early juncture of his recruitment, Murphy says UNC, Oklahoma, and Purdue have emerged as favorites.

"I like the coaches and I like the schemes and the schools," Murphy said. "I think either one of those schools would be a good fit for me and my future."

Earlier this summer, Murphy attended a game at Duke (versus Memphis) and two at Vanderbilt (versus Presbyterian and Florida). Along with UNC, he's in the process of scheduling game trips to Auburn and Ohio State.

Besides UNC, Murphy camped at Auburn and Vanderbilt this past summer. He has also visited South Carolina, Tennessee, and UCLA.

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