Multiple top recruiting targets along with a few commits for the Virginia Tech Hokies are visiting Blacksburg this weekend with the list headlined by 4* ATH Bruce Judson, 3* RB Jalen Holston, and 3* JUCO CB/WR Henri Murphy in addition to commits like 3* QB Hendon Hooker. The Hokies started off Saturday well by getting a commitment from one of those top targets.
— Henri Murphy (@_hendog10) June 18, 2016
Junior college athlete Henri Murphy became the Hokies’ first commit on Saturday as he chose the Hokies over a multitude of quality offers including his home state school Arkansas plus Mississippi State, West Virginia, Memphis, and more. Murphy is ranked as a three-star currently by the 247 Sports Composite and Rivals.
There was also some other big news about when Murphy would be enrolling at Virginia Tech along with his eligibility.
Last update on this (hopefully). Sounds like Murphy can enroll at VT in July but has to sit out a year of competition. #Hokies
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) June 18, 2016
Henri Murphy will be enrolling at Virginia Tech next month but due to NCAA or ACC rules, Murphy will have to sit out next year before being eligible to compete beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. This is similar to how Seth LeDay will not be able to play for Buzz Williams until the 2017-2018 season but will arrive this fall.
Justin Fuente has been a fan of Murphy for a while as Murphy has impressive speed with I believe a 40-yard dash time that is under 4.4. Murphy may also be a two-sport athlete while at Virginia Tech as stated by a tweet of his earlier in the week before committing today.
I will be running track at the 4 year school I attend 😎
— Henri Murphy (@_hendog10) June 13, 2016
Loyalty was likely a big factor here as Justin Fuente and Memphis were the only FBS program to offer Murphy when he came out of high school and continued to recruit him even as he chose to go to junior college.
Murphy has fantastic speed and will now have a year to develop at cornerback and hopefully become someone who can get in the two-deep rather quickly for the Hokies. If cornerback doesn’t work out, his speed will make it an easy transition for him to move to wide receiver along with being a return man.
Henri Murphy is a great late addition to the Hokies’ 2016 class and while he won’t be able to play this fall, he definitely has the speed and athleticism to make an impact in 2017.