West Point athlete takes in Ole Miss Junior Day

Marcus Murphy out of West Point, Miss., has become one of the top recruits in the state of Mississippi. Last season the 6-foot, 175-pound tailback rushed for over 1,700 yards and 25 touchdowns. Multiple SEC offers have followed.

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Murphy recently decommitted from Mississippi State, the school just 20 miles down the road. What happened?

"I talked to my mother a lot about it," Murphy said. "I just wanted to take a step back and explore my opportunities. I felt like I was rushing things. I'm going to take it step by step now."

Murphy arrived at the Ole Miss Junior Day wanting to learn a few things about the Rebels.

"I want to feel comfortable at Ole Miss. I want it to feel like home when I go to a school. I got a chance to hang out with their coaches and players. They showed me around. It was really nice. They definitely made me feel at home."

This wasn't Marcus' first visit to Oxford.

"I have been up there for a few games. I like the way they do things. They are great at building relationships with the players. Coaches Nix, Peeler and Luke are good guys. We have a great relationship."

The All-State selection also likes the Rebels' offense.

"I like the way they compete. They put up a lot of points."

Is there a school or two that might have the upper hand at this point?

"Not right now. I haven't been on any visits yet. Ole Miss was my first one. I don't have anything planned right now, but I'll go on some."

There are three schools who seem to be showing the most attention right now.

"Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Louisville are probably coming after me the hardest right now. They are all basically saying the same thing. They all want me to come."

Marcus played quarterback his sophomore season and moved to running back his junior season. He also lined up at receiver corner. Which position are the schools eying him to play?

"It's mainly running back but some schools are looking at me at receiver and cornerback. It's really ust anything. I feel equally as natural at any of those positions."

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

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