Connor Murphy had a special Christmas this year. Alabama coach Nick Saban personally told outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi to call the elite prospect to make sure he knew the staff wanted him to play for the Crimson Tide next season.
Murphy, a 4-star defensive end from Brophy College Preparatory School (Phoenix), told SEC Country that Alabama now has a high probability of landing his signature when he makes his commitment.
“They definitely have a huge shot to get me,” Murphy said. “They’re Alabama. They are always No. 1. They’re a huge powerhouse. Everyone knows Alabama football. They always produce some of the best talent. I can’t wait for my official visit. It’s going to be interesting to see how everyone is and how the whole vibe is.”
The good news for Alabama is the fact that Murphy set up his official visit to the campus on Jan. 29, which is the last weekend before National Signing Day. The Crimson Tide will have the last chance to impress him.
The 6-foot-7, 250-pounder has already been impressed with Alabama, though, specifically coach Saban.
Murphy said he had a chance to speak with the Alabama staff for 30 minutes Sunday night after the Crimson Tide practiced in preparation for its game against Michigan State in the College Football Playoff. He said he feels like he’s a big priority for Alabama.
“Coach Lupoi messaged me on Twitter to make sure I answered the phone,” Murphy said. “He told me coach Saban turned down all of these ESPN interviews to talk to me. It truly shows how much he cares about his players and those he wants to come into the program. It meant a lot to me.”
Murphy said he’s had an “underwater” offer from Alabama for a few months now, which means that is he wasn’t too sure the offer stood because he never had a firm answer until his conversation with Lupoi on Christmas Eve.
He said he understood the process the team was taking because of Saban’s old school mentality of making sure all i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed. He gave an example of just how old school Saban actually is.
“Coach Lupoi was telling me how Saban doesn’t even have a caller ID on his phone. He’s like the only guy he knows that doesn’t have caller ID. He’s an old-school coach.”
Alabama is recruiting Murphy to play the JACK linebacker position, which is a hybrid between outside linebacker and defensive end. Murphy said Saban just wants him on campus. It doesn’t matter where he ends up playing.
“He told me that I’m a hell of a ball player and he wants me to play for their school,” Murphy said. “He loves what a tough kid I am. He wants me to compete at Alabama.”
In addition to his scheduled visit to Alabama, Murphy will take an official visit to USC on Jan. 15 and Michigan on Jan. 22. He has already taken his official visit to Oregon.
He said he plans on releasing a top five list soon, and Alabama will make the cut.
Murphy is rated as the nation’s No. 16 weakside defensive end and the state of Arizona’s No. 5 prospect.