ANGOLA, Ind. – Christopher Murphy (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison) has already made a handful of visits, and four programs have impressed the 2014 cornerback.
Murphy was most recently at Vanderbilt, and the 5-foot-10, 177-pound sophomore believes the Commodores will likely be his first offer.
“They like my game (but) they just want to see my speed,” Murphy said. “They just want to see me run my 40 and how fast my 40 is -- if it matches up the way I’ve been telling them.”
It was Murphy’s third visit to Vanderbilt, and the coaching staff is what has him high on the program.
“Coach [James] Franklin is probably one of the most passionate coaches I’ve ever seen,” Murphy said. “Their coaching staff is energetic, and they want to better the program and build more tradition.”
Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina also received visits, and three of those programs stood out to him on those trips.
“At Auburn I really liked Coach [Willie] Martinez,” Murphy said. “He knows what he’s talking about when you talk to him. I just like what they’re doing on defense. I really think I could fit in there.
Much like Martinez, the Gamecocks’ secondary coach, Grady Brown, left a mark on Murphy during his visit.
“I really like Coach Brown a lot and Coach [Lorenzo] Ward and I talk to Coach [G.A.] Mangus a lot,” he said.
And at Clemson, Murphy was blown away by what he saw.
“We weren’t there for that long either, but the facilities are top of the line,” he said. “It’s all brand new.”
Though his visits have all gone to schools in the Southeast, Murphy is open to playing in the Midwest or on the West Coast.
“I like a few schools up here like Wisconsin and Illinois, and I like some schools out west too,” Murphy said. “I’m hoping to visit Stanford while I’m out there. I’m really high on Stanford.”