Murphy gives ASU visit rave reviews
The first two dominoes have fallen and Byron Murphy knows fans in and around his hometown are hoping he becomes the next building block at Arizona State.
The four-star cornerback from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro officially visited the Sun Devils last weekend alongside longtime friends N'Keal Harry and Chase Lucas -- both committed to the program -- and saw ASU take the Territorial Cup against rival Arizona. He had previously taken trips to Washington (Sept. 25) and Texas A&M (Oct. 16), and appears to be closer to a decision with possibly another visit remaining.
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IN HIS WORDS: "Chase, N'Keal and I had a blast on the visit," Murphy told Rivals.com. "It's great they have committed already and it puts a lot of stuff on my mind, and this weekend was a great experience because we got to take the official together.
"The visit went very well. I loved the atmosphere and how the fans were throughout the whole game. We were able to see the coaches after the game and have dinner at coach (Todd) Graham's house and also get closer with some of the other coaches. We talk about every other day, so the connection is there. I never quite got love like I do there. When I was walking to the locker room after the game, fans were chanting my name. And when I was eating breakfast Saturday morning before the game, people were stopping and taking pictures."
WHAT'S NEXT?: Murphy, the No. 4-rated cornerback and No. 49 overall prospect in the 2016 class, had planned to officially visit USC this coming weekend for the crosstown showdown against rival UCLA but has to push that visit back due to his own state championship game on Saturday. He said he would still want to see what the Trojans have to offer and get a better feel for the coaching situation in Los Angeles. A decision was previously set for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but Murphy told Rivals.com he might make the call before that during the upcoming dead period.
RIVALS REACTION: It's evident that the Sun Devils have made tremendous strides with Murphy over the last month and the commitments of Harry and Lucas have only aided those efforts. Murphy truly loved his earlier visits to Seattle and College Station -- especially with former teammate and close friend Christian Kirk hosting him there -- but ASU fans should now feel much better about their chances of landing the state's top three prospects in this recruiting cycle.
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