Recruiting: Murray Visiting OSU, Not Illinois

The Oklahoma State Cowboys appear to be looking for some experience at the cornerback spot with three seniors playing their final games on Jan. 2 in the Cotton Bowl, including starters Perrish Cox and Terrance Anderson. We learned earlier this week about junior college standout corner Malcolm Murray, and found out Friday morning that he has decided to visit Oklahoma State this weekend.

Murray sent us a text on Friday morning to let us know he had switched this weekend's visit. He originally was scheduled to make a trip to Illinois but is instead spending this weekend at Oklahoma State.

Murray is eligible to transfer for the spring semester.

Murray is fresh off a national championship earned last weekend in the California Junior College Championship Game. The 6-2, 200-pound Murray had a starring role in helping Mount San Antonio (Calif.) Community College to a 7-6 win over College of San Meteo last Saturday.

"It was a great game and it rained throughout, kind of like we were in a monsoon," said Murray. "We scored our points in the third quarter and then in the fourth quarter I got two interceptions and it kind of changed the game.

"We had a defensive end get another interception, so we ended up with three picks in the fourth quarter to get the ball back for the offense and seal the championship."

On the season Murray had 33 tackles with 18 of those unassisted. He had an interception in the regular season to make three with the pair in the championship game. He also had 3.5 tackles for loss on the season.

Murray is a California native out of Gardenia that committed to Oregon as a wide receiver out of high school. He qualified late academically and Oregon had no room left, so he went to Weber State in Utah and was asked to redshirt. After a year there he transferred to Mt. San Antonio with the idea of looking for a different four-year home in the future.

"Oklahoma State has offered, and yes I am real excited," Murray said earlier this week of his latest option. "That is real good as they are a big program and I have followed them on television.

"I watch a lot of college football. I have been talking to the coaches the last few days and I understand that they have a real need at the position with some guys graduating," Murray added.

A former track star in high school, not only is Murray big but he is fast as he is listed with a 4.45 in the forty. In fact, it was running track that led him to Mt. SAC.

"I knew about it from running track there in high school. What I didn't know was what a good football program they had," he said.

"This has worked out well for me because I've played for good coaches and I've played with some of and against some of the best players in the country in junior college and we've won a championship."

Murray said he has other options. He has visited Kansas, and was scheduled to visit Illinois this weekend. He also mentioned that right before we called earlier this week that he had received a call from USC. Nevada and Minnesota are also in pursuit.

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