Murray Makes Nine

By Alex on June 12, 2011 at 9:22p
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In a time when the only players willing to commit to Ohio State are few and far between, Luke Fickell was able to land his first verbal pledge as head coach today shortly after he offered Steubenville DB Najee Murray a scholarship at OSU's Senior Camp.

Murray, who didn't take much time to jump on his coveted OSU offer, becomes the ninth member of the class of 2012 to give his word to come play for the Scalret and Gray. At 5-11/180, Murray can play corner or safety at the next level, but from looking at his film, it looks like he projects as a free safety at the next level. He also has the ability to return kicks, which is always a nice bonus.

His biggest asset is his speed which is "SEC level", and he also shows great ability to read and react to get to the ball. He had offers from many MAC schools, as well as Indiana before earning his OSU offer today after and MVP performance at the camp. Don't be fooled by his offer list though, as this is a kid, like Tyvis Powell, who was generating a lot of buzz over the last few months and would have earned some big time offers had he been on the market a bit longer.

This is a huge commitment for the Buckeyes, as it is Fickell's first as head coach and comes at a time when fans are seeing which prospects are true Buckeyes at heart through both good times and bad. Murray's willingness to jump on board during the rough times the program is currently going through shows that he knows what a privelige it is to don the Scarlet and Gray, an intangible many of the all-time Buckeye greats have used in their favor to have success during their careers in Columbus. 

With about 11 spots remaining in the class of 2012, it will be interesting to see how things continue to unfold. There still likely won't be too much recruiting activity until after the NCAA hearing in August, but if Fickell can continue to sell players like Murray and Tyvis Powell on their desire to be Buckeyes regardless of what is going on, everything will turn out just fine for Ohio State.

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GoBucks713's picture

Welcome home Najee.

-The Aristocrats!

Maestro's picture

2012 or 2013?

vacuuming sucks

Maestro's picture

you da man

vacuuming sucks

GoBucks713's picture

no, you da man, and that's the problem....

-The Aristocrats!

BuckeyeSki's picture

you white? then you ben affleck

 

/role model'd

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Colin's picture

you are white...that's true, I am white

GoBucks713's picture

Drink up! Taste the boogery freshness.

-The Aristocrats!

gravey's picture

Steubenville is solid Buckeye country, unlike Mentor.  Welcome to the family...and we also welcome your "Buckeye Speed".

NW Buckeye's picture

Anyone notice that the Dispatch and PD have not run this story yet?  The Stubenville paper posted it, but not much mention anywhere else but here.  Maybe this news is just not cutting enough for the daily rags!!!!

 

Pam's picture

You know what I used to have for breakfast? Cocaine. Know what I had for lunch? Cocaine.

Colin's picture

What did you have for dinner? Was it cocaine?

BuckeyeSki's picture

When you cook it for dinner, its crack

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Pam's picture

Why don't you lay out two lines of your selfishness, which is your blow, draw the shades, take the phone off the hook, grab a straw, and snort!

tampa buckeye's picture

Kids a Burner that can hit, a rare combination.  So much for the collapse.  

BuckeyeChris's picture

"He had offers from many MAC schools, as well as Indiana before earning his OSU offer today after and MVP performance at the camp."

MAC schools and Indiana?  

Hmmmm.... I mean, don't get me wrong, the vid looks impressive, but should I be concerned that he hadn't received offers from, I don't know, "top tier" programs?

William's picture

Did you read that he was receiving a lot of buzz, and that his offer list was going to blow up? The same is with Tyvis Powell.

Alex's picture

It may not happen to the same magnitude had it would've if he didn't commit, but Nyjee Murray would have been offered by many top programs in the B1G and Midwest at some point this summer. While I didn't, months ago many of the recruiting gurus had him ending up in the Buckeye class when it was all said in done, so this wasn't too big of a surprise of a result. The only surprise was the timing, but this is a 3-star kid (talking above average on the surface) who has a passion for wanting to be a Buckeye. I will not turn someone like that down if they can play B1G football.

BuckeyeChris's picture

I appreciate the clarification. Thank you!