2014 Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter cornerback Christopher Murphy planned his visit to Purdue this past weekend with one goal in mind - to learn more about the program.
By the time he headed home on Sunday he not only gained some knowledge, but also came away pretty impressed.
"It was great," Murphy said. "It was really loud, the fans were really into it. Even when the game was sort of out of hand the fans stayed with the team. I didn't see anything I didn't like while I was there."
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The Boilermakers were one of the first teams to offer Murphy, along with North Carolina and Vanderbilt and the coaches reiterated their interest in Murphy during the visit.
"They told me how I would fit into the defense and where I would be playing," he said. "I got to talk to coach Tibesar (defensive coordinator) and coach Burns (defensive backs coach) and see a little bit about how they approach the game."
Murphy said he's planned visits to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame as well as UNC and Vanderbilt.
He and his family are trying to see as many schools as they can this fall, before regrouping in the spring to plan another round of summer visits.
"After spring football me and my dad are going to sit down and look at my options and my offers then we'll take some visits over the summer," Murphy said. "After that we'll take some more visits and then decide before my senior season starts."
Murphy hit the camp circuit pretty hard this past summer, which is where he caught the eye of several schools. This year, he's not planning on camping very often.
"Unless it's a school I really want I don't think I'll be doing many camps," he said. "I just want to focus on working out and getting better."
So far this season Murphy has evolved into a shutdown corner for Lassiter High, with teams rarely throwing to his side of the field.
"It's been going pretty good but not as many teams have been coming to my side," he said. "I've been getting as much as I can but in my last game I got an interception in the first quarter and they didn't throw it my way for the rest of the game."