Murphy has five frontrunners
Four-star cornerback Byron Murphy recently landed a scholarship offer from Florida State and that opened his eyes quite a bit knowing his name has gone national.
The Rivals100 prospect was so excited by the offer that he has included the Seminoles among five early frontrunners for his commitment.
"Right now it's UCLA, USC, Florida State, Texas A&M and Washington," Murphy said over the weekend at the Las Vegas Pylon 7v7 national tournament.
Murphy recently visited the Trojans for their Elite Junior Day and he's set to return to Los Angeles to check out the Bruins this week. The standout from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro actually has a former teammate who is now at UCLA recruiting him. The Bruins, he said, are among the three schools recruiting him the hardest along with the Huskies and Ohio State.
"I get to talk to the coaches every day and my best friend, Priest Willis, goes there," Murphy said. "That's my boy. Coach Noel Mazzone and I talk on Twitter. He's telling me to keep going and getting bigger. I've been playing basketball, so I'm trying to get my size up right now."
Murphy said he's eying a trip to Washington in April and could also head out to Texas A&M, which signed former teammate Christian Kirk, a five-star receiver.
"All the coaches had been going to Saguaro to see Christian and that's a main reason why they saw me," Murphy said.
Oregon has yet to offer, but the Ducks are recruiting Murphy at receiver, cornerback and punt returner. Florida State, meanwhile, has certainly caught his attention.
"Getting the offer was amazing," Murphy said. "I was very happy and it made my day when I went to class. The coaches are real and even though it's far, I told them all my options are open. It doesn't matter how far it is; I'll go anywhere."
The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect caught 65 passes for 1,348 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior this past season. On the defensive side, he had 53 total tackles and a team-high six interceptions in 14 games.