Connor Murphy, one of the nation’s top defensive ends, has narrowed down his list weeks before National Signing Day.
Murphy, a four-star prospect from Brophy College Preparatory School (Phoenix), has Alabama, Michigan, Southern Cal, Oregon and Arizona State in his final five. He announced the news through his Twitter account.
The 6-foot-7, 250-pounder caught up with SEC Country in December to talk about Alabama’s chances of landing him, and he had nothing but good things to say about the Crimson Tide.
“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.”
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.”
Murphy will take an official visit to Alabama on Jan. 29. He will also take an official visit to USC on Jan. 15 and Michigan on Jan. 22. He has already taken his official visit to Oregon.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 16 weakside defensive end and the state of Arizona’s No. 5 prospect, per the 247Sports Composite.