Despite only being in the early spring of his 8th grade school year, class of 2019 prospect Ty Murray of Carrollton, Ga. was invited and attended Auburn University’s Junior Day last weekend. The promising two-way lineman relished the experience.
“It is a very nice school with great sports facilities,” said Murray of his reaction to the campus.
With another few months until he even becomes a high school student-athlete, at 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds Murray is an intriguing prospect in Western Georgia and has clearly already jumped on the radar of some of the top schools in the country.
“I was invited through coach Will Muschamp through my high school coach Ed Dudley.”
At Junior Day Murray said he took part in a non-stop day of meetings, tours and watching practice.
“I stated the day by sitting in on the D-Line meeting which was really cool,” he said. “Then we went out to watch practice, toured the weight room, went to the stadium, went into the lock room, watched a team highlight film and ended the day by meeting with the head academic coach.”
While being several years younger than most of the recruits at Auburn’s Junior Day, Murray wasn’t the lone 2019 prospect in attendance, as Owen Pappoe was also there taking part in the day. Murray and Pappoe are not strangers to each other, as both played on the East team in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl this past December.
“I spent some time talking to Owen (Pappoe). It was cool to see him again.”
By all accounts Murray enjoyed his time there and said he spent most of his time speaking with coach Muschamp, coach Garder (defensive line) and coach Grimes (offensive line). Some of the things they showed him and spoke to him about excited Murray.
“I really enjoyed watching the spring practice and touring the weight room. I also enjoyed sitting in on the defensive line meeting.” He continued, “It was cool to be in there with the players to see how things go and how they interact.”
Although he’s a Georgia kid, the state of Alabama is not too far away from Murray and he says he can see himself playing for the Tigers in four years.
“I definitely could (see myself playing there); Auburn is a great school and only about two hours away from home.”
That being said, Murray is only an 8th grader and knows he has plenty of time to develop and continue his search.
"Hopefully this is only the first of many college visits. I want to see as many college campuses as possible before I make any decisions.”
Campus visit number one is in the books for Murray. To see his 8th grade highlights, click here.
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