DESOTO, Tex. - One of the first things you notice when watching 2014 Lassiter defensive back Christopher Murphy are his long arms and big hands.
Whether he is standing around or in his pre snap stance, his length is quite impressive, and he uses it to his advantage.
During Sunday's Rivals Underclassmen Challenge, the 2014 recruit had a great showing in the 1-on-1 period with six overall reps and five wins, and the only defeat was a short comeback route.
Those kinds of performances are what Murphy expects.
"I like to come out and compete and do my best," said Murphy, who will be at Dawg Night Friday. "I'm looking forward to going against some of the best wide receivers in the country out here. I feel like I have something to prove, so I'm looking forward to it. I expect to do well."
As a sophomore at Harrison High School, Murphy finished the season with 27 tackles, nine pass break ups and two forced fumbles in only eight games.
It was also his first year playing cornerback, and he has much bigger plans for 2012.
"I am going to a new school this year and I'm looking forward to taking that next step," said Murphy. "I'm looking forward to new things and being a leader in this new defense."
Most rising juniors are still being evaluated at this point in their development, but Murphy has already caught the eye of a few programs early in the process.
"North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Purdue, and South Carolina are the top schools that are after me," he said. "But the schools that have offered me (North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Purdue) are the schools getting the most consideration right now."
In a talent rich state like Georgia, the two in state schools can be tough to beat for Peach State talent.
While Murphy has had limited interaction with each school, he does acknowledge that he would welcome the attention from either Georgia Tech or Georgia.
"I'm really interested in Georgia," said Murphy. "I've been to Georgia Tech for a visit when they did their camp. Those are two schools I'm definitely interested in. I haven't even been to Athens, so there is a lot I need to learn about Georgia."
Recruiting, however, is somewhat on the back burner for the soon-to-be-junior.
He just wants to keep improving.
"Right now, its all about getting better and working hard," said Murphy.
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