"I was surprised," said Murray. "I had never received any letters from [Pitt]."
"Iowa State is my number one."
Despite the surprise offer from the Panthers and having Iowa State as his current top choice, Murray seems to be warming up to the Panthers. He is being recruited by Pitt coach Aubrey Hill, who covers Florida for the Panthers. Murray offered his opinion of Hill and the Pitt football program.
"I talk to Coach Hill. He's a real respectable guy," said Murray. "I think Pitt is an up and coming program in college football."
Murray is 5' 10" tall, weighs165 lbs, and runs a 4.5 forty yard dash. Last year he went up against many of the top wide receivers in Florida and ended up with five interceptions. Despite having the skills and stats of a top recruit, he went on to describe further what he feels are his best qualities as a football player.
"The way I play the game, I have respect for the game. I play with a lot of emotion and passion."
Despite his own talents and love for playing football, Murray also gives a lot of credit to his head football coach at Lakeland, Brian Armstrong.
"He helped me a lot. He helped me get this far. He's a great salesman, he sells…we buy what he says."
Murray said after he gets back from Ole Miss he will get right back on a plane to fly to Alabama. Despite what is shaping up to be a busy senior year, he is planning to make all five of his allotted official visits this fall (including a possible trip to Pittsburgh) before making a final decision on where he will commit.
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