Murphy eyes Notre Dame visit
Irish assistant coach Bob Elliott visited Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., earlier this month to extend an offer to the 6-foot, 175-pound athlete. That action left Murphy with a smile on his face.
“I was excited,” Murphy said. “I was going crazy.”
That wasn’t the first time Murphy had met Elliott. The two were first introduced more than a year ago when Elliott dropped by the school to check in on 2015 standout Christian Kirk, who signed with Texas A&M.
Elliott left his business card with Murphy and instructed the talented prospect to remain in touch.
The two have talked on the phone and via Twitter.
“He wants me to come up there and has told me about the school,” Murphy said. “I didn’t know much about Notre Dame before that.”
Murphy now holds 19 offers.
“The big ones I got recently were Florida State, Oklahoma, Kansas and Hawaii, those were the most recent ones,” he said. “Almost all of them are really interesting and I’m extremely excited for all of the ones I have.”
Murphy attended USC’s junior day earlier this month and he, along with Saguaro coach Jason Mohns, expects to see several more schools this summer.
“Coach Mohns, we’re making all our dates,” Murphy said. “I’m pretty much going to a lot of schools this summer, me and coach Mohns and my family. This summer is going to be big for me because I’m going to a lot of places and doing everyone’s camp.”
Most schools are recruiting Murphy as a cornerback but a few project him as an athlete and for good reason.
In addition to his 53 tackles and six interceptions, Murphy caught 65 passes for 1,348 yards and 13 scores and he also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Murphy, who also plays basketball at Saguaro, is receiving guidance on the recruiting process from former Arizona standout and NBA star Mike Bibby, a close family friend Murphy considers an uncle.
“It’s not really blood but he really brought me up since I was a baby,” Murphy said. “He tells me every day I’ve just got to keep working hard and stay humble. He’s planning on coming with me to some of my visits too.”