Tennessee assistants Azzanni, Gillespie tag up to land Jordan Murphy

Tennessee's recruiting class for 2017 continues to add playmakers and one more hopped on board Thursday as Jordan Murphy declared his intentions to suit up for the Big Orange.

Jordan Murphy's comfort with coaches at Tennessee were enough for him to pull the trigger on a commitment in the Vols' favor Thursday while on a visit to Knoxville.

A pair of fourth-year Vols assistants key the recruitment of the the Scout three-star wide receiver as recruiting coordinator Robert Gillespie and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni have been all over Murphy, who attends the same Hattiesburg (Miss.) High School at which Gillespie played.

"The first time I came up here, I got introduced to coach Z and coach Gillespie and then they introduced me to coach Butch Jones. Ever since then, I've been interested in Tennessee."

Murphy is the 22nd player to join Tennessee's pledge sheet, the 15th commit in the last 47 days and fourth in three days.

Tennessee has been the leader for weeks for the pass catcher, who also competes for the Mississippi Grind.

"Coach Z, when I came down here, how he was talking to me and everything," Murphy said. "Right now, (the relationship) is very good. Him and coach Gillespie — he's from my high school."

Murphy declared LSU and Tennessee as his top 2 when he was in Knoxville for the Volunteer Classic 7v7 back in April but said he ultimately chose the Big Orange over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mississippi State was the first Power 5 program to offer.

The three-star took part in camp in Knoxville on Thursday.

"It was good," Murphy said. "It was a lot of competition and everything but as I see it, I compete really good. But, as I see it, I don't have competition."

As a junior, the No. 3-rated wide receiver in Mississippi caught 50 passes for 844 yards and 11 touchdowns.


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