Utah Lands Wide Receiver From the Northwest

The Utes went into Husky and Duck territory to grab Justice Murphy

The wide receiver haul for Utah continues as Justice Murphy of Vancouver (WA) Evergreen High School committed to the Utes on Tuesday morning immediately after picking up an offer.

We caught up with his head coach, Don Johnson, on what the Utes are getting out of Murphy.

"He's one of the most athletic and explosive players I have ever been around. Justice is a smart player that understands schemes and proper routes."

Coach Johnson heavily stressed how hard Murphy works on and off the field to be the best player he can be.

"Justice is a kid with a tremendous work-ethic. He's out there working hard seven days a week. His mom is always calling me asking where he is. You can always find him in the weight room or out running with a sled behind him. The kid just loves to work hard and loves the game."

Murphy has long stated that Utah was his top school, which for a kid from Washington, surprised even his coach.

"I'm not sure what it is that has had him so interested in Utah, but he's wanted to be a Ute. Maybe he was always Utah when he played video games and liked the jerseys. We're two hours from the University of Washington and two hours from the University of Oregon and he's always wanted to go to Utah. Colorado, Washington, UCLA, and Texas Tech have come by in the last week and he was always all about Utah."

New Utah offensive coordinator Dave Christensen has been instrumental in building a relationship with Murphy and that turned out to be a very important aspect in the commitment.

"Christensen is a very professional guy. He's a great educator and communicator. He'll do a great job of making Justice successful."

Viewed by many as an under-the-radar prospect, Coach Johnson echoed that sentiment and says Utah is getting a really good player.

"The Utes are really getting a diamond in the rough. f he was at a big school like a De La Salle, he'd have like 40 offers. This is a kid that works harder than everyone else. He was 6-1, 170 last season. He's worked hard enough to where he's 6-1.5, 194 pounds and continues to work on his speed. I think he'll be able to play right away at Utah."

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