"Syracuse offered a few weeks ago," Murphy recalled. "I don't remember the exact date but it was two or three weeks ago. They came out and visited my school and talked to my coach. They found out a little bit about me. Then my coach told me to call them. They had already informed my coach I had the offer. But I called and they made it official. We talked about their school and the program. I've been keeping in touch with them ever since.
"They just told me a lot about the people who went there like Donovan McNabb and Carmelo Anthony. There was a Knicks game that day when I called them, and he just told me a lot of good things about him. He was saying if I go there, I could try to make a name for myself like them. He told me about the school and my major. That was one of the things I didn't know was my major. He said it wasn't that big of a deal and I could come there not knowing and still do well academically."
The two sides have stayed in touch since the Orange started recruiting the 5-foot-11 corner.
"I talk to them at least once a week," Murphy explained. "At least once a week. Whenever I call them, they always express high interest. They told me they're going to come back around this way soon to see some players around here.
"They said they're going to recruit me hard and I think they like me a lot. They said they like my film and my coach told them some good stuff about me."
With the interest on both sides seemingly high, a visit is likely over the summer. Murphy says they are just trying to work out the logistics of when that visit could take place.
"I did ask them when would be a good day," Murphy said. "I asked them about a camp. They said they would get back to me on camp dates so I can get down there and bring a couple of my teammates (Ravon Davis, Jaquan Jackson among others) down there with me.
"We could go to a camp and maybe look around the campus. He said he'll get back to me on good days for the camp. When he does, me and my mom will see which one is best."
The Friendly High standout claims his recruitment is still an ongoing process and he is still wide open. With new offers coming in all the time, Murphy is not trying to rush into a decision.
"I don't have any favorites right now," Murphy declared. "Almost every school on my list has expressed high interest and is coming at me pretty hard.
"I just recently picked up Arizona, Harvard, and Maryland, and they said they're going to recruit me just as hard as any other school. Recruitment might be picking up. I'm just trying to see how it goes and take it one step at a time."
An offer from an in-state school is a big deal for most prospects. That is no exception for Murphy who says the Maryland offer is special.
"It means a lot," Murphy admitted. "It means your talents are being over looked and your home town school is looking at you. It just means a lot to have an offer from your home town school."
Murphy added he is looking to decide before his senior season.