Connor Murphy came away impressed with his official visit to Oregon over the weekend. The four-star outside linebacker/defensive end summed up his experience in Eugene for eDuck.com on Sunday evening.
“Overall I’d say it was a great visit,” he said. “It was a huge experience. I came there just to witness the atmosphere and the atmosphere was just booming. I really got to experience what it would be like to live in the shoes of an Oregon Ducks football player and that was pretty cool.”
Eugene was the first stop for Murphy on his official visit tour and he came in without a lot of expectations. He had taken an unofficial visit to Oregon previously and already saw what they had to offer then. This time it was about the game day experience.
“I got a great experience with the guys,” he said. “A great bonding experience, I mean by that. I got to sit through the outside linebacker meetings with Coach (Erik) Chinander and the outside linebackers. I went to team meetings. Basically all the meetings. The walk throughs. I ate with them breakfast, lunch and dinner. I walked out on the field with them. I basically did a lot with them.”
What blew Murphy away most was the attention he received from the fan base. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect didn’t expect so many of the Oregon fans to know who he was and they made sure to let him know they wanted him in Eugene next season.
“Once I walked out onto the football field for the first time within minutes the student section, they were actually all chanting ‘Let’s go Murphy. Come to Oregon’,” he said. “That was pretty cool. All the recruits were kind of looking at me. They were kind of wide eyed and stuff. I just had a big smile on my face because I got to feel like what it would be like to be a player there with all the stands chanting my name.”
Murphy spent some time talking to the coaching staff, mainly outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander and head coach Mark Helfrich.
“We all just kind of talked about if I like it at Oregon, if I could see myself playing there,” he said. “I asked Coach Chinander if he could compare me to a recent outside linebacker, kind of my physique so I could compare myself to him. How he did throughout college. How they prepared him for the NFL. They ended up comparing me to Dion Jordan.”
Murphy also caught up with former Brophy star Devon Allen as well as seeing how some of the freshman lineman live and what life was like when the players had some downtime.
“I went out with Devon Allen last night actually,” he said. “We ate dinner with his family and then we kind of went out to town. I got to experience what the college night life was like. That was fun.”
Next up for Murphy is a surgical procedure to repair a sports hernia he developed while playing through a groin injury this season. He’ll be spending the holidays in Philadelphia once he boards a plane late on Sunday night.
Because of the surgery, Murphy will push back his official visit schedule. Planned stops include USC, Arizona State and Michigan.
“Before I got injured I was planning on taking all of my officials around here,” he said. “Obviously that’s not going to happen so I’ll take most of my officials like late December or early January.”