Hattiesburg high athlete talks recruiting

Jordan Murphy out of Hattiesburg, Miss., picked up his third SEC offer recently.

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"I'm hearing from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, USM and LSU the most," Murphy said. "Those are the schools who have offered me."

The 6-foot-0, 165-pound receiver received his last scholarship offer from the Tigers.

"I went to their Junior Day a couple weeks back, and they offered me. They like how I attack the ball in the air."

Hattiesburg is close to Baton Rouge and has always had an influence in the Hub City. It's no coincidence that Hattiesburg High's nickname are the Tigers, and they wear the purple and gold.

"I like how their coaches stressed about academics first and sports after that. They want to make sure that I become a good player and a part of their team."

The Rebels were the first school to offer.

"I haven't visited them yet, but I plan on getting up there soon. They offered me way back at the start of my junior season. Their wide receiver coach (Grant Heard) talks to me a lot. He said they get the ball in their playmakers hands and let them do their thing. I think what stands out the most about them to me is that they stay together as a team through every part of the game. I have watched a lot of their games on tv."

Murphy visited the Starkville campus in January for a Junior Day.

"They are always telling me they want to get me up there more. Coach Billy Gonzales kept asking me to come so I went up there in January for a junior day. I like how they greeted me when I first walked in. I liked how they let me talk to their coaches alone. I spent a lot of one-on-one time with their coaches."

The local school, USM, hired a new head coach in the off season. Coach Jay Hopson is making his mark.

"Oh man, he's brought a whole new energy level to that program. He's from Mississippi. He said there is no other place in Mississippi he would rather be than Hattiesburg. Coach (Hopson) said he isn't going anywhere until they don't want him there anymore. I like the stability he brings to the program. I went over there to talk to him recently, and he showed me the blue prints to their new locker room and the new facilities they are building. It's going to be nice."

Cal has made a recent surge in the Magnolia state. One of his former workout partners inked with the Bears this year.

"I hope they start recruiting me harder. Me and Jordan Duncan worked out together over the summer. He went to Oak Grove. I know him well."

Jordan is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I don't have any leaders or anything. I will not even think about all of that until after my senior season. I want to take my official visits first and just take a look at what everyone brings to the table. The biggest thing I'm looking at is which team stays together during tough situations of the game. Do they have each other's back?"

The talented junior caught 50 passes for 844 yards and 11 scores last season. He hopes to increase his productivity this fall.

"I want to become a 1,000 yard receiver and lead us to a championship. I'm still working on becoming a more physical receiver. I can attack the ball when it's up in the air, but I have to get bigger and more physical. When I do that I'll be a complete receiver."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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