SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Byron Murphy has a serious case to be Arizona's top junior. He continued to make it in his team's season-opening victory over its chief rival. But that ranking doesn't matter much to the Scottsdale Saguaro High School defensive back. He's going to be recruited anyway. The six scholarship offers he already lists highlight that fact.
Still, that's not to say he doesn't want more. Having options is never a bad thing, and the four-star prospect will have plenty of those by the time his recruitment comes to a close.
"My coaches told me the other day that Auburn reached out and that they're really interested," Murphy said. "So I like that a lot. That's the latest thing, I think."
When electronic contact with 2016 prospects became permissible on Sept. 1, Murphy heard from coaches representing, Arizona State, USC, Washington and Arizona. And even with more than a year before he'll be asked to sign a letter of intent, Murphy has travel plans.
His decision, whenever it cones, will be an informed one.
"I'm going to try to make it to some schools and some games with my family this season," Murphy said. "Probably UCLA, Ohio State, Arizona and Arizona State. Just those for sure."
According to Murphy, no schools holds an early edge in his recruitment. That's not to imply that's one relationships aren't growing faster than others. Murphy talks to UCLA coaches more than he does the staff at any other school. It's a fact that may not mean much for a 2016 prospect with no immediate plans to commit, but it's certainly not totally meaningless, either.
"I don't know that much about them yet, really," Murphy said. "I like the coaches and everything. I know my friend Priest Willis goes there, and he tells me he likes it. I talk to him about it a lot."
Murphy transferred to Saguaro from Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza High School following his sophomore season. He plays both wide receiver and cornerback from the Sabercats, but will likely play defense at the FBS level.
In the first game of his junior season, Murphy recorded an interception to go along with five catches for 67 yards and a rushing touchdown.