Signing Day Impact: Najee Murray

Najee Murray committed to Ohio State last summer, then went out and the type of senior season that saw his ranking soar upward. The four-star safety could also play cornerback for Ohio State, as Murray is a multi-talented athlete.

Four-star safety Najee Murray has sent his letter of intent back to Ohio State, and the Steubenville product is set to begin his career with the Buckeyes.

Murray, 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, is versatile enough to play any spot in the Ohio State defensive backfield, and he could start out at cornerback, where numbers are thin.


Najee Murray, like most players from Steubenville, plays the game of football the way it was intended to be played. He is extremely physical, and his performance in a playoff loss to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney stands out as the best game I saw from a defensive back all season.

"Murray is an aggressive high school safety that we see moving to corner at the next level. He has good speed and plays a physical brand of football. He's a good tackler and has good ball skills. He's also dangerous as a return man and in the open field. He will just have to adjust to a new position and learn to play more man to man coverage." - Allen Trieu


Sunday, Murray drove home having been named the most valuable player among defensive backs at the camp. Once he arrived at his house, Murray said he placed a phone call to OSU quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano.

"He told me Coach Fickell had wanted to talk to me because he didn't get to talk to me before I left," Murray said. "I ended up calling him and Coach Fickell broke the news to me and in a matter of seconds I ended up committing to Ohio State.

"He sounded like he really was excited because he started talking about how he played with people from Big Red in college. He said it's another Big Red guy playing at Ohio State."

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