Murphy, who holds nine verbal scholarship offers, will visit Rutgers this summer and is excited about the Big Ten offer.
"They're in the Big Ten," said Murphy, who checks in at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds. "The competition level there is great. They play the best teams in college football. Every week you're going against somebody good. If you go against somebody good every week, then every week you're getting better. So that's something I like right away about Rutgers without researching them too much. The competition they're going to face is unlike any other school."
Defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson is Murphy's primary recruiter. Wilson visited Friendly two weeks ago and has been in contact with Murphy multiple times since scouting him in person.
"We had a nice conversation," Murphy said. "It was a brief conversation, but he just said they were going to evaluate my film and that they really liked me. I guess they liked it and I called them and they told me I had an offer and we just started talking about the school and some different things that they do and how I would fit into their program."
Murphy holds nine offers, including Stanford, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Arizona. He plans to visit as many schools on his offer sheet as possible during the summer before cutting his list and planning official visits.
"I think highly of almost every school that offers me," Murphy said. "I still have to do some more research. It's close, so that's good. The fact that it's close and I probably know some people around that area. That's pretty good."
Distance is not a factor for Murphy as long as the program feels like home, he said.
"I'm just trying to find a place where I feel totally comfortable," he said. "[I want] some place where I can go be myself. It doesn't have to be home. It can be 1,000 miles away as long as it feels like home to me and I feel comfortable. That's what I'm looking for."