• John Macon Gillespie

Marcus Murphy Excited About Commitment

On Tuesday Marcus Murphy, a rising junior out of West Point, committed to Mississippi State. For the talented, do-it-all athlete the last year has been pretty great.

He led the Green Wave to the 5A North State championship, playing mostly quarterback and defense, last fall. He was offered by Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs and now he’s committed.

Just as he led his team last season, and will do for two more seasons, he wants to lead other players from around the state in his class.

“I’m very excited about my commitment,” Murphy told SES Mississippi. “I wanted to lead my class and I love the program MSU is building.”

Having played quarterback some in high school, Mississippi State is interested in playing him at a skill position, where his athleticism and speed can shine in space.

Defense could also be a possibility for him, as he’s played there on the high school level. He’s comfortable with his decision because he knows that wherever he ends up in Starkville, he will get better and have a chance to reach his goal.

“MSU develops players to go to the NFL.”

Murphy comes from a program, just down the road a bit from Starkville, in West Point that has sent many players to Mississippi State. It only makes sense, based on geography. To the benefit of the Bulldog program, the Green Wave consistently produce talent.

Following those before him is something that Murphy takes pride in and is not taking for granted.

“It means a lot to me I get to follow in the footsteps of Aeris Williams. I’ve just got to stay focused and doing the little things right,” Murphy explained.

He also looks forward to the players he could end up playing with that are also coming to Mississippi State, in both the 2017 and 2018 classes, such as Kylin Hill from Columbus.

“I’m very excited because we can do big things together,” He said.

As far as what made Murphy such a coveted prospect for Mullen and company even so early in his high school career is his speed. Murphy says that is where his versatility starts.

“My speed makes me so special. With having great speed, you can basically play any position. I also know the game well and can adapt to any position,” He explained.

With his decision out of the way Murphy’s full attention can shift towards his team and their goals ahead. He says 2016 is about “getting a ring.”

Those chances went up when the Green Wave offense received a transfer quarterback in Clayton Knight. Having Knight to play quarterback will allow West Point to use Murphy at running back, slot, receive and anywhere he needs to be to make plays.

“Clayton is going to be a big help to us,” Murphy stated. “That gives me more chances to show my talents in different spots.”

That also helps to prepare him for a similar role that he will play on the next level.

A new role isn’t all that will be different about Murphy in 2016, according to the man himself.

“I will be faster and stronger,” He said.

Though he missed their recent spring contest against Meridian due to a hamstring injury, he was still excited after watching his teammates get the win.

“I saw that they can overcome adversity when times are hard and they have a couple of teammates out. They played awesome, I couldn’t wish for a better team,” He noted.

The keys to he and his team reaching their goals this fall is “sticking together and staying on the right page with each other,” according to Murphy.

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