Big Back Murrell Is Target For 4-Year Coaches

Riverside CC running back Richard Murrell is a big-time athlete, who had a tremendous freshman season. He carries a solid 240 pounds on his six-foot frame but despite his size possesses excellent 4.5 speed.

"My best one ever was a 4.45, but I'm consistently at a 4.5-flat," Murrell said between classes recently.  "For my size, I'm more quick than people think I will be so I surprise some people, but I can beat you by running over you or away from you."

Murrell was highly recruited coming out of San Bernardino High School as a senior – where he rushed for 1,800 yards and over 20 touchdowns – but his SAT scores weren't up to snuff. So the JC route was his best option.

"I got letters from the entire Pac-10, from Boise State, from the Big 12, everywhere," Murrell said.  "I didn't take school that seriously when I was younger so I learned a tough lesson, but I'm ahead of schedule now and I'll probably end up graduating in December so I can be at whichever school I commit to for spring ball.  That's very important to me."

Murrell said he's hearing the most from Washington, LSU, Auburn, Arizona State and Minnesota and, while he doesn't have a favorite at this point, he has some criteria for where he eventually ends up.

"Basically, it's the coaches," Murrell said.  "I have to feel comfortable with the coaching staff and the surroundings before I commit anywhere.  I've been looking at schools that run the ball a lot, so Minnesota has caught my eye early so far, but I'm open to everyone."

Murrell plans to major in Physical Therapy and will have three years to play two seasons wherever he ends up.


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