SIGNED: Arizona DB Byron Murphy

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro defensive back Byron Murphy is now officially a Washington Husky!

HUDL Highlights

Why UW? “I just felt like this was the best decision for me and my family. It was the hardest decision of my life, but I feel like I made the right choice. IT was the trust in the coaches. I’ve been there three times, and one time to their camp. I went through their drills, so I felt comfortable with it. And the academic thing is perfect for me. Academic-wise, on and off the field, I’ll be set up there. When I woke up it was in my heart. It was Washington.”

Other Suitors: Murphy made a shock decision to the Huskies over an offer from the hometown Arizona State Sun Devils. Murphy also had offers from Arizona, Florida State, Michigan, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, and USC before trimming his list.  

Scouting Report: “Murphy is one of the region’s top two-way players and could play receiver, corner or safety in college. Has been playing mostly corner in the spring and has looked great doing it. He's a physical player who is strong in press coverage and shows natural cover skills. He's not a burner but has good enough speed, is more quick than fast and is one of the most instinctual players in the region. He's smart, tough and could play early in college” ( National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins) 

Quotable: "Honestly, up until this morning, I thought he was going to ASU. He told me this morning that he was torn about it but felt it was best for him to play at Washington. I am proud of him for making the decision that he felt was best for him." (Saguaro Head Coach Jason Mohns)

Projection: “Murphy is one of those rare pure athletes that you could put anywhere on the field and he’ll make plays for you. And Washington fans should expect Murphy to be right in the mix from Day One of fall camp. Even though he projects initially on defense, he still came up with over 1700 yards as a receiver, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he could maybe see time as a two-way star for the Huskies. Chris Petersen has not shied away from doing that, and Murphy is one of those in a group with John Ross and Budda Baker that can pull it off.” (Chris Fetters, Top Stories