Southern Miss has not wasted any time getting an early jump on the class of 2017. Before the ink was even dry on the NLI's from the class of 2016, Coach Hopson and the Eagles offered some local talent.
Hattiesburg High wide receiver Jordan Murphy was one of those who is an early target for Southern Miss.
At 6'1, 175lbs with great hands and explosive speed, Murphy is already one of the top prospects to watch for from the pine belt for next year. Though he can play a variety of sports, Murphy made the decision when he started high school to just focus on one.
"I started on football when I got to high school my 9th grade year," Murphy told GoldenEaglePride.com.
"That has been and will stay my focus as I look forward to playing at the next level."
Just down the road, new coach Jay Hopson and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles have started close to home looking for talent.
"My coach told me that I picked up an offer to Southern Miss," Murphy said.
"I didn't get to talk to anyone because my coach handled it. It means a lot to me because I never thought I would get this far with football. With Southern Miss right down the street, its exciting to pick that one up."
Murphy is also hearing from several other programs and will certainly have his options.
"I've heard from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Memphis, and Alabama," he said.
"Though its early, I'm looking for a good school where I can get an education, and a school that makes sure they get their players to the next level when possible," he said.