Murphy Enjoys UNC Game

Chris Murphy made his third trip to North Carolina a week ago for the Tar Heels' exciting 43-35 win over rival NC State. It was the 2014 prospect's first visit to Chapel Hill for a football game.

"I really liked the atmosphere of the game," Murphy said. "I went on a rivalry game so I could really see what it's like on a big game day. And I liked what I saw. I liked how the fans were and the atmosphere."

Heading into the visit, Murphy, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback from Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter, had listed UNC along with Oklahoma and Vanderbilt as the three schools sticking out the most.

"[The visit] really pushes [UNC] up on my board," Murphy said. "I like it a lot more after actually seeing it on game day. I already liked it before, but it made me like them a lot more."

UNC and Vanderbilt have offered Murphy a scholarship – as has Purdue. Murphy believes Oklahoma is "pretty close" to offering also and is only waiting on updated junior film.

Before the watching the UNC-NC State game, Murphy had separate meetings with Walt Bell, his primary recruiter, and Dan Disch, UNC's secondary coach.

"Coach Disch was just talking to me about the defense and the type of people they're trying to bring in there to help build the team up and build the program into a dominant force, " Murphy said. "I talked to Coach Bell about everything. He took me on a tour around the offices and the facilities."

Needing to get home to finish up school work, Murphy left Chapel Hill during the third quarter. That meant he missed Gio Bernard's game-winning 74-yard punt return touchdown.

"I was so mad," Murphy said about missing Bernard's touchdown. "Especially in a game that meant that much to a school, I was so mad. I bet the atmosphere in the stadium during that play was crazy."

Murphy, who has camped at UNC and attended a junior day last spring, plans to return to UNC after the football season.

Murphy's next recruiting visit is for another rivalry game. He'll travel to Columbus on Nov. 24 for the Ohio State-Michigan game.

Off the recruiting trail, Murphy has helped Lassiter to an undefeated season. On the year he has 16 tackles, three interceptions, and seven pass breakups.

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