NCF On The Trail: Christopher Murphy

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Bret Bielema and the Arkansas coaching staff probably wish they could have weekends like this more often.

After starting Sunday morning with only five commits, the Razorbacks are up to 12 after Saturday. Four players who were in attendance for the Razorbacks’ elite prospect camp -- all from the state of Louisiana -- gave their verbal pledges on Saturday. The Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel duo of safety/outside linebacker Dwayne Eugene and three-star cornerback Henre’ Toliver and the Geismar (La.) Dutchtown receiver duo of four-star Corey McBride and Torrance Mosley each committed to Arkansas.

“The Boot’s coming to Arkansas,” a proud Mosley said. “I guess the other guys felt the same way I felt. They fell in love with the campus and the coaches. It’s pretty cool; I’m not going to lie.”

Eugene is a 6-foot, 218-pound defender with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, making him a target to be a hybrid safety/linebacker if the Razorbacks choose to utilize him in such a way. Toliver, a 6-1, 180-pound athlete, is a big, physical cornerback who might be the most intriguing recruit of the four. He has offers from Oklahoma, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Nebraska and others.

“We’re doing big things in Louisiana,” Toliver said. “For me, it was my choice. I liked it athletically, academically and socially. I liked the town and everything.”

Perhaps the biggest pickup of the four is McBride, a 6-1, 172-pound receiver who is ranked No. 43 in his position. McBride said he and Torrance, a 5-10, 162-pound receiver, went in together to speak with the Arkansas staff. McBride is expected to be more of an outside receiver, Mosley more of a slot receiver.

“I’m very happy and lucky to be in the SEC with the Razorbacks,” McBride said. “It’s beautiful out here, kind of like another world. Plus, I want to major and drafting and architecture, and they’re like No. 2 in the country.”

Added Mosley: “I liked the coaching staff and the new facilities they’ve built. I met some of the team [Friday] night and had a great time. The coaches are real. I don’t think it gets any better than this.”

In addition to the Louisiana commits, Arkansas also scored a 2015 pledge Saturday in 6-6, 291-pound offensive tackle Colton Jackson (Conway, Ark./Conway). Jackson, who also had a Central Arkansas offer, is the third 2015 commit for the Razorbacks and the second in-state pledge.

Along with the five Saturday pledges, Arkansas picked up three-star offensive tackle Jovan Pruitt (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) on Friday. On Thursday, junior college cornerback Kweishi Brown (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont College) became a part of the 2014 class. Three-star 2014 cornerback Christopher Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) kicked the week off with a verbal commitment on July 14.
Junior college cornerback Kweishi Brown (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont College) made his first trip to Fayetteville, Ark., for an official visit to the Arkansas campus. From the minute he stepped in the city, he knew where home in the future would be.

Brown arrived on campus early Wednesday evening. It didn’t take long afterward for the 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback to give the Razorbacks his verbal pledge. Brown became Arkansas’ seventh commitment of the 2014 class.

Brown chose Arkansas over a Kansas State offer and interest from several schools, including Baylor, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Tennessee and Kentucky. Arkansas also holds the honor of being Brown’s first offer.
Indiana did a great job recruiting in the Peach State in 2013, and the Hoosiers are hitting the state hard again in 2014.


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Purdue has not been 3-1 since 2007. That also might have been the last time the Boilermakers had a recruiting weekend as big as the one they will have this weekend when they host the Michigan Wolverines.

Eight official visitors will arrive for the weekend in West Lafayette, including some big names that frankly would surprise most people in that Purdue was able to land an official visit with them.

The headliner of the official visitors is four-star receiver and ESPN 300 prospect DeAndre Woods (Pinsin, Ala./Clay-Chalkville). The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Woods has offers from the likes of Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, USC and Vanderbilt among others, yet his first official visit is going to Purdue.

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Murphy picks up first offer 

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North Carolina became the first program to offer 2014 cornerback Christopher Murray (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison).

The 5-foot-10, 177-pound corner camped at North Carolina over the weekend after stopping at Vanderbilt a weekend ago.

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