Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Game atmosphere a hit with RB
Arkansas’ resilience and fighting spirt during the Texas A&M game on Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium impressed junior running back Alec Murphy
“I had a great time on the visit, seeing the game,” said Murphy, who has a 3.5 grade point average and is considering studying medicine or business. “Some of the things I really liked were how well Arkansas was able to play even though they were down. They still had that fighting spirt. The offensive line opened up those holes and the running backs took advantage of them.”
Murphy, 6-1 1/2, 222, 4.48 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Nixa, Missouri is drawing interest from Arkansas, Missouri Indiana, Northwestern, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Georgia. Has 90 carries for 562 yards, a 6.2 average and 7 touchdowns this season.
“The people and the atmosphere was great.,” said Murphy, who has returned 5 kickoffs for 150 yards. “Their fans were really nice. The hostess girls, the players and the coaches were really nice. They made you feel at home. The atmosphere was like no other. It was really intense. I could tell the players use that energy to play the game.”
Prior to the game, Murphy spent time with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and running backs coach Joel Thomas in the Miller Room located in the Broyles complex.
“He said he really likes sees,” Murphy said. “He wants to see how I did against Webb City and watch that game. Once that game is on Hudl, I’ll make a highlight film of that and send it to him.”
He said he and his mother enjoyed the conversation with Thomas.
“I’m just glad to be able to meet him in person,” said Murphy, who hopes to make a return trip to Fayetteville. “Just putting a face with a name. He’s a nice man, he’s always really nice over Twitter. There was no awkwardness there. He was just really friendly.”