If things were heating up prior to the holiday break for 2014 Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter defensive back Christopher Murphy, the current temperature is now red hot.
Murphy has seen a steady stream of visitors over the last few weeks and in the process continues to add to his offer list. The two most recent schools to pledge the 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect are Connecticut and West Virginia.
"Things have really been picking up this past month recruiting-wise," said Murphy, who participated in the annual Rising Seniors game in Atlanta last month. "Since December I've been getting offers and more strong interest and I think I'll see more big-time offers pretty soon."
The Huskies and Mountaineers join a list that already includes North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
"I've been talking to UConn sparingly since my sophomore year," Murphy said. "I called the coach a few times recently and they saw my junior film and put the offer on the table. Then [defensive backs] Coach [Darrell] Perkins came by the school yesterday to see me in person."
Murphy added that he doesn't know much about the UConn program but is "looking forward to learning more." He added that he's hoping to take an unofficial visit to Connecticut sometime in mid-February.
As far as the West Virginia interest, Murphy said it came as a surprise.
"That offer came out of the blue," he said. "I was talking to [running backs] Coach [Robert] Gillespie for the first time and they had seen my film and he said I had an offer from them. He said the defensive coordinator watched my film and the offer was a no-brainer."
Murphy added that he's not very familiar with WVU either, but he said he likes "the way they run their defense."
As far as other coaches who have come by, Murphy said that Tennessee, Mississippi State and Kentucky have been the most aggressive and he expects offers from all three in the near future.
According to Murphy, Dan Mullen himself extended an invitation to attend the Bulldogs' Junior Day next week, which he plans to do.
After visiting Starkville next weekend, Murphy said he plans to visit Knoxville the following weekend, with plans to visit Connecticut and North Carolina to follow. This weekend he's traveling to Stillwater to visit Oklahoma State.
One school to watch going forward might be Tennessee, where Murphy's friend and former teammate Ryan Jenkins is currently committed.
"I like Tennessee and the SEC," Murphy said. "Playing in the SEC isn't the be-all, end-all for me, but I like it and I'm interested. My teammate is going there so that could play in, too."
Murphy said he'll continue to take "all-comers" in terms of offers, before cutting his list down to 3-5 schools sometime in the next few months.
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