FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Cornerback Chris Murphy from Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga., has signed an Institutional Financial Aid Agreement with Arkansas, head coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday.
Under a new interpretation of NCAA legislation, high school seniors who are on schedule to graduate in December and plan to enroll in college for the spring semester have the opportunity to sign an Institutional Financial Aid Agreement. Murphy will enroll in January and go through spring practice with the Razorbacks.
“I’m excited to get Chris here in January,” Coach Bielema said. “He comes from a great family with great structure and is as concerned with his academic performance as his athletic performance. Chris will be a great addition to the Razorback family.”
Murphy helped make history his senior season at Lassiter, as the Trojans repeated as Region 5-AAAAAA champions for the first time in school history. He finished his final campaign with 31 tackles, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal. A second-team all-region selection as a junior, Murphy recorded 19 tackles, 15 pass breakups, three interceptions and one fumble recovery as Lassiter went undefeated with a 10-0 record during the 2012 regular season. As a sophomore, Murphy registered two interceptions, 13 pass breakups and 27 tackles. He was coached at Lassiter by Jeptha Irwin.
Ranked as the 37th-best recruit in the state of Georgia, Murphy was also tagged No. 42 in the country at his position by Rivals. Given a scout grade of 75 by ESPN, he was also designated as the 48th-best cornerback prospect in the nation by the service. Murphy was a five-time academic honor roll selection, has played the violin since kindergarten and participates in volunteer work with special education children. He selected Arkansas over numerous offers, including Missouri, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Virginia and Vanderbilt. Murphy is the son of Frank Bell and the late Annie Murphy.
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