June 12, 2011
Murray opts for the Buckeyes
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It didn't take long for Ohio State to land its first commitment from Sunday's one-day senior advanced camp. After an outstanding performance at the camp, Steubenville (Ohio) defensive back Najee Murray landed a verbal offer from the Buckeyes and promptly became the ninth member of the 2012 recruiting class. The 5-foot-11, 172-pound prospect is being pegged as a corner by the Ohio State staff.
"My performance today was one of the best I ever had at a camp at corner," said Murray. "I pretty much locked everybody down and I felt pretty good coming out of the camp."
After the camp, Murray got on the phone with the Ohio State coaching staff and was excited to hear the news.
"I ended up calling coach Nick Siciliano and then I called coach Luke Fickell and he broke the news off to me," said Murray. "I was so excited and I just told him right then and there that I was going to commit. Coming in, I truly didn't think I was tall enough to play corner but they told me that (Christian Bryant) was only 5-foot-9, and he is probably going to start this year."
Clearly the recent negative attention around the program had no effect on Murray.
"I chose to commit because it's just the right spot for me," he said. "When I went up there I felt like that is where I wanted to be all the stuff going around right now, that really doesn't affect me. It's still football and to me it was the right choice for me and my family."
With his decision now out of the way, Murray will no longer be running the gauntlet that is the summer camp circuit. Instead, his focus is now one-hundred percent on his senior season.
"It took a lot of weight off my shoulders," he said. "Now I don't have to worry about recruiting and I can just come in and relax and focus on winning a state championship."
Murray, who starred at safety for Steubenville last year, is working hard on improving numerous aspects of his game and he will be making the move to corner this fall to help prepare him for the position at the next level.
"Right now I'm working on improving my footwork a little bit," he explained. "I'm working on how I move my arms and I'll be working at corner this year instead of safety so I can keep improving there and so that I can be ready (to play corner) at the next level."
When asked about what he is most looking forward to, in terms of becoming a Buckeye, Murray's answer was simple.
"The tradition," he said. "I'm just very excited right now."
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