Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones added another nice piece to his 2017 recruiting class, as 3-star wide receiver Jordan Murphy offered up a verbal pledge to play for the Volunteers on Thursday.
The commitment was reported on by Ryan Callahan of GoVols 247.
— Ryan Callahan (@RyanCallahan247) July 22, 2016
After visiting the school on Thursday, Murphy obviously was sold and did not want to wait any longer to make his college decision.
Murphy has really grown and matured over the years. He has gone from a 5’8”, 125-pound athlete into the complete, wide receiver.
This transformation is something Will Sammon of The Clarion-Ledger recently wrote about when Murphy was just named to the paper’s Dandy Dozen. More from The Clarion-Ledger:
“He is not going to be the biggest guy on the field,” said one SEC recruiter, “but he has a tremendous athletic ability to win balls in the air that the average player can’t.”
On Wednesday, Murphy became the seventh player from Hattiesburg to be named a Dandy Dozen and the first since defensive lineman Milton Talbert received the honor in 2005. He joins the 2016 group that already includes Columbus running back Kylin Hill and Grenada safety C.J. Avery.
Murphy, a 6’1”, 175-pound wide receiver from Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Hattiesburg High School) is rated as a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 435 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 64th-best wide receiver in the country. 247Sports also regards Murphy as the eighth-best football player in the state of Mississippi.
He chose Tennessee while holding offers from Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi.
Murphy is the 22nd commit of Jones’ sensational 2017 recruiting class. It is a class that 247Sports currently ranks as the 10th-best in the country and fifth-best among SEC teams.