Lassiter’s Murphy heading to Arkansas
by Emily Horos
ehoros@mdjonline.com
July 23, 2013 12:20 AM | 3133 views | 5 5 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With as many as 20 schools making scholarship offers, the decision wasn’t easy for Lassiter cornerback Chris Murphy.

However, the rising senior announced his intention last week by selecting Arkansas over the likes of North Carolina, Purdue, Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington State and West Virginia.

The 5-foot-11, 180 pound Murphy, who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, made the announcement via Twitter where he expressed his gratitude to those who helped him reach his decision.

“I want to say thanks to everyone that’s helped me in this process,” he said on his Twitter feed. “I’m proud to announce that I have committed to # Arkansas!”

Lassiter coach Jeb Irwin said Murphy wanted to make his decision before the season began so that it wouldn’t be a distraction.

“He traveled quite a bit in the off-season to try to make his decision complete before the season started,” said Irwin. “He felt really comfortable with the University of Arkansas after visiting there. Coach Taver Johnson from Arkansas did a great job of recruiting him and it really make him feel like the University of Arkansas was the best play for him. Obviously being in the SEC West, probably the premier division in all of college football, it’s a great place for Chris to go to be challenged and grow and develop as a player.”

According to Irwin, players invest a lot in the recruiting process and Murphy didn’t take it lightly.

“I would give him an A-plus on the recruiting process,” said Irwin. “He has been very respectful to all the coaches. He has listened to all the coaches. He has communicated with all the coaches and he has spent the time he needs to spend and taken the visits he needed to take. All of that speaks to what I find young man Chris is.”

The production numbers from his junior season don’t reflect Murphy’s skill. He made two interceptions and recorded fewer than 20 tackles in 13 games. Irwin said the Trojans didn’t play many passing teams in 2012 and when they did, the opposing offenses knew not to throw in Murphy’s direction.

“Our region and our schedule is pretty run-heavy, but he made big plays” Irwin said. “The last game of our season, even though we lost, was probably Chris’ best game against Brookwood. We asked him to play made-to-made coverage against Brookwood’s best player and he did a phenomenal game. He potential is very high as a defensive back.”

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Proud of you
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July 23, 2013
Congratulations Chris and keep up the good work. It appears all that training paid off. I remember you training early in the morning at Harrison and late in the afternoon. I will be following your career. GOOD LUCK!
Beyourself
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July 23, 2013
Congratulations to you Chris! Continue to be a man character, discipline, and Pride. Above all things, be true to yourself and God’s blessings will follow you always.
Eddieprncerules
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July 23, 2013
Murphy should get an a in recruiting, he got recruited to Lassiter, should have lots of experience with dealing with recruiters... My question is... When are the parents, and the county going to get sick of Lassiter bringing in players from other schools while their kids sit? And how does anyone get any satisfaction out of winning by cheating? I don't see any 3rd string move ins off Eddie princes summer team. Interview the kids on the 7 on 7 team and see if they are being asked to transfer to Lassiter, and finally what is Eddie prince doing practicing and walking the halls at Lassiter talking to recruiters on campus? Out of control.
The Father
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July 23, 2013
I am the father of Chris and you really need to get your story straight. It was not Eddie Printz or anyone else’s decision as to where my child attends school. We were perfectly happy with Harrison until the old coaches were fired and the new coaches brought in; after the spring and 1/2 of the summer with the new staff my son and I sat down and decided that Harrison was not the right place for him. You know nothing of what went on with my family at Harrison and for you to suggest that he was recruited is foolish. I have the RIGHT to place my kid in any school that I see fit and I exercise my rights as a parent to make the best choice for my son and for people like you to try to take away that RIGHT with accusation of cheating is ridiculous. It's my choice and I made it. I don’t have to explain myself to you or anyone regarding my decision; just setting the record straight. Now looking back I can say I made the RIGHT decision.
Shame on you
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July 23, 2013
You have no class coward. To hijack this young man's article is in poor taste.

Congratulations Christopher Murphy. This is your first lesson of dealing with idiots in the public. Best of luck at The University of Arkansas.
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