Recruiting: Murray Makes A Cowboy Decision

The defensive hero of Mount San Antonio's win in the California Junior College National Championship game over College of San Mateo is heading to Oklahoma State next season. The 6-2, 200-pound Murray has three years to play three seasons and will provide the Cowboys with some instant maturity at a position that is losing a lot of experience in Perrish Cox, Terrance Anderson and Maurice Gray.

Murray helped seal the win in the title game a little over a week ago with two interceptions in the fourth quarter of the 7-6 victory. Now one week later he has decided on his four-year college home after a visit to Stillwater over the weekend.

"The visit went really good," said Murray calling from the Oklahoma City airport before getting on a plane and heading home. "I signed my papers last night and I am real happy about my decision.

"I will be back in January. The school is great and I know that a lot of schools were going to be a good fit for me, but the facilities are top notch; they are state-of-the-art. I can't compare them to anything I have seen on any of my other visits," added Murray.

Murray said he would plan on majoring in sports management.

On the junior college 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 Gardenia, Calif., native 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 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.

That home will now be Oklahoma State, and while OSU has only on ocassion brought in junior college players from California, Murray is not just a Californian.

"I went to high school and everything there but I am a country boy at heart," said Murray. "I grew up in Alabama. "I love to fish. Fishing is second nature to me. I'm really know more about the country."

That made Murray a better fit than you would have thought on the surface with a player from Gardena, Calif., but his two previous college choices should have been a further clue.

He chose Oregon coming out of high school with Eugene being a long way from Southern California. Then when Oregon was full after Murray became academically eligible in August he was at Weber State in Utah as a freshman.

Murray's dad is also an Alabama native and that made both of them a good fit for Cowboys cornerbacks coach and former Alabama player Jason Jones to recruit Murray. There was likely a lot of common ground there.

With his visit being this weekend there was lots of time for Murray to spend with his future teammates. "Orie Lemon, a linebacker that got hurt, was my host, but I spent a lot of time with the cornerbacks," said Murray.

"Orie is a great guy and I was impressed with all the players. It is a close team. I liked the players and the coaches. That is a big part of it. So is the fact that they need cornerbacks. That was a big part of my decision too."

On paper, Murray fills a critical need in the recruiting class with added maturity at the corner position.

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