Malcolm Murray: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Mt. San Antonio College head coach Robert Jastrab about Malcolm Murray, a 6-2, 210-pound junior college cornerback who enrolled at OSU in January for the spring semester.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Robert Jastrab: His size and his smarts. He's got a great nose for the ball. In the semifinal round of the playoffs he came up big with a huge interception for a touchdown against Bakersfield. He also had two interceptions in our state championship game but as the competition got better and there was more at stake he seemed to step up and play big for us.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from junior college to playing in the Big 12?
Robert Jastrab: It's always a jump for any kid to move up a level. He'll figure it out real quick. It's just him getting familiar with his surroundings, the program, the way they practice, and the intensity they have to have at that level every day in practice.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his one year at Mt. San Antonio that you'll always remember?
Robert Jastrab: I think the interception against Bakersfield will be the play I remember. We were only up six at the time and they were driving (on us). That kind of sealed the deal, and got us to the state championship game.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Robert Jastrab: He was a big-time player for us.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Robert Jastrab: It's a great program. For what I understand he liked the coaching staff, he liked the area … he liked everything about it. I know he had some other offers but being able to play in the Big 12 was too much to pass up.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Robert Jastrab: He's a 3-for-3 kid (three years to use his last three years of eligibility), so he should have an immediate impact. What he did for us (coming in to start right away), I think he should do the same for them.

Over the course of his college career the next three years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Robert Jastrab: Hopefully his degree. One of the reasons that he's there is because he took care of business in the classroom (here). I just hope he can help contribute to Oklahoma State winning a championship.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Robert Jastrab: That he's a kid who took care of his academics and put himself in a position to get a scholarship to a big-time program.

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