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Murphy hosts Bielema and Johnson for in-home
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema stands on the field prior to a Nov. 29, 2013 game against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
Arkansas cornerback commitment Chris Murphy will join several of his future teammates as he and other Razorback pledges make their official visits this weekend.
He entertained Coach Bret Bielema and cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson for an in-home visit last week.
“We mostly just talked about my early enrolling and other things pertaining to football,” Murphy said. “I mostly just asked about some things regarding academics. I knew everything else I wanted to know.”
Murphy, 5-10, 180, 4.4 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Marietta,(Ga.) Lassiter High School became the Hogs' sixth pledge for the 2014 class in July over approximately 20 scholarship offers, including Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Louisville, Arizona, Vanderbilt and Missouri.
An excellent student, Murphy also uses his smarts on the field.
“First of all, he knows the game,” said Lassiter back coach Cedric Dickerson. “His football IQ is very high. I’ve been fortunate to have good players the last three or four years. I’ve had have six or seven Division I DBs and Chris is very, very intelligent on the field and he’s also a very smooth athlete.”
His father and aunt also sat in during the home visit.
“My dads always liked coach B,” Murphy said. “That was my aunts first time meeting coach B or coach Johnson and she really enjoyed talking with them.”
Murphy, who attended the Hogs’ spring game and the South Carolina game, said Bielema was his usual self.
“He was pretty loose and relaxed,” said Murphy, who will enroll in January. “That’s kinda how he always is when I see him.”
He signed an Arkansas athletic financial aid agreement on Nov. 14 that allows the coaches to have unlimited contact. He’s unsure what he’ll miss being away from home.
“I don't really know,” he said. “I guess I’ll find out once I actually leave. Haha.”
Murphy has got to know some of the other commitments but is looking forward to meeting more this weekend.
“I've met Rafe Peavey, Bijhon Jackson, and Juan Day, he said. “I look forward to meeting more on my official.”