No one got open on Murphy

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Byron Murphy hasn't had the headline making spring that some of his Southern California counterparts have on the passing circuit, but the 6-foot-1, 180-pound four-star made up for that Sunday by getting both an invitation to The Opening Finals and the Army All-American Bowl.

Saguaro (Ariz.) four-star cornerback Byron Murphy made a splash arriving at The Oakland Opening Regional Sunday morning.

Rocking a very distinct USC windbreaker, Murphy was all smiles at registration before he would earn an invitation to Beaverton (Ore.) and NIKE World Headquarters in July.

“Every school I visit, I like to wear different team gear I buy on campus,” said Murphy. “One day it’s Oregon, the next day it’s UCLA, but today it’s USC. Wherever I get clothes from I just wear it.”

But there is another reason why USC would be on Murphy’s mind.

“Last Monday, Coach (Keith) Heyward came by the school for a visit,” said Murphy. “The relationship I have with Coach Heyward is real good. We talk about the roster and how I would fit in.

“He always talks to me and says they’re not loaded at defensive back like everyone says they are. I keep hearing the roster is full, but it’s not.

“We talk almost every day on Twitter and he just keeps up with how I’m doing in school and everything.”

Murphy’s last trip to USC came in February for the Trojans Junior Invite.

“I got to sit down with all of the coaches and I liked the environment at USC very much,” said Murphy. “I definitely feel like my connection with my corners coach (Keith Heyward) at USC is a big thing.

“That’s really the thing that stands out for me and USC. I just feel like I built a good connection with the staff and my position coach.”

In June, Murphy will camp at Washington State, Texas A&M and the Rising Stars Camp at USC.

But don’t expect a big cut or narrowing down of Murphy’s college choices any time soon.

“I think I’ll narrow my list down to a top 10 about midseason,” said Murphy. “Right now, I don’t have any certain numbers or anything, but USC is definitely up there among my top choices.”

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