Two-way standout Ryan Murphy (6-2, 190, 4.4) from Oakland (Calif.) Tech made up for lost time as he once was considered a sleeper, but his senior season saw him earn offers from the likes of Fresno State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State and UCLA. He made his college decision today.
"The academics were key," Murphy said on why he chose Oregon State. "Other than that it was the people. Not only the coaching staff, but the professors, academic advisors and even the students were just very down to earth and very caring. They view their players more than just athletes.
"I will probably play safety," Murphy said. "But during training camp they're going to give me an opportunity to play running back and safety.
"I chose the Beavers over Arizona State and Washington," Murphy said. "Those were my top schools.
The Oregon State coaching staff had a lot to do with Murphy's decision.
"What can I say, Coach Mike Riley and Coach Mark Banker are outstanding guys," Murphy said. "I can't even explain it, those guys, I would say as whole, the whole coaching staff and the university they reflect off of Coach Riley, his attitude and his attitude is very positive and caring.
"With Coach Riley, before football come family," Murphy said. "The whole university seems like a family and Coach Banker, he's just an awesome dude. He's a very smart guy.
"That's one thing that made my decision, too because of Coach Banker," Murphy said. "He's a thinking coach and defensive coordinator. He's a defensive wiz."
Is Murphy done with recruiting or does he have some in-house visits still in his future.
"Actually I have an in-house with Arizona State and San Jose State," Murphy said. "Just because they were scheduled before I committed to Oregon State."