Murdock high on Pitt visit

Murdock high on Pitt visit

The University of Pittsburgh hosted a number of quality recruits over the weekend. One of the top prospects happened to be blue-chip cornerback Sherod Murdock from Middleton High School in Tampa, FL. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with Sherod about his visit.

Talented cornerback Sherod Murdock from Middleton High School in Tampa, FL verbally committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide in June and believed that the recruiting process was over. When Alabama opted to fire Head Coach Mike Shula after leading the Tide to a mediocre 6-6 record, he decided to re-open the recruiting process. Sherod visited the Kansas Jayhawks a week ago and visited the University of Pittsburgh over the weekend. The PantherDigest.com spoke with him about his experience.

"The visit was great. I had a great time there," stated Murdock. "I didn't know what to expect but I had some kind of idea what it might be like. It was better than anything I imagined."

"The City of Pittsburgh is beautiful and I liked the atmosphere. It reminded me a lot of home here in Tampa. I really felt comfortable there; it felt like home."

Scout.com ranks Murdock, the younger brother of South Carolina's O.J. Murdock, the 77th best cornerback in the nation and a "three-star" prospect. Sherod is capable of running a 4.5 forty-yard dash.

"I arrived on Friday and we went to hang out at Dave and Busters. That was a fun and I got to hang out with a lot of the football players. My host was Jovani Chappel and he was a really cool."

The University of Pittsburgh has only added one cornerback, Buddy Jackson from Weston, FL, to their class of 2007. Pitt is expected to receive a commitment from defensive back Bryan Williams from Valley Forge Military Academy (Wayne, PA) next week.

The University of Pittsburgh officially announced the hiring of former Alabama defensive backfield coach Chris Ball on Saturday. Ball and Murdock have a long standing relationship that has lasted nearly three years. When asked if he was able to spend time with Coach Ball, he immediately replied, "Yes, I spent most of Saturday talking with him. I was really happy to hear about his hiring."

"Coach Ball and I have known each other for a long time. He's been recruiting me since my sophomore year. I know he wants me to join him at Pitt. His hiring helps the Panthers' chances. He's someone I know and trust."

Murdock was highly impressed with the Panthers football facilities and their concentration on academics. He attended the Pitt-Georgetown basketball game on Saturday and raved about the experience.

"Saturday was so much fun. We had a chance to see the ESPN GameDay show, tour the facilities, eat dinner at Heinz Field and watch the Pitt-Georgetown game. The fans really get behind the teams there. They were crazy and intense. I hung out with some of the players that already committed to Pitt like Dom DeCicco and Henry Hynoski."

Murdock initially started his senior season at cornerback but he was moved to safety due to necessity. He registered 50 tackles and 1 interception. Sherod visited Kansas last weekend.

"It felt like one big family there. The coaches, players and recruits seemed really tight. I liked that. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt told me that I would have an opportunity to come in and earn a starting position. It looks like there's more playing time to be had now that Darrelle Revis is heading to the NFL."

"I'm going to visit Alabama next week then sit down with my family and decide my future. Pitt really helped them with this visit. I had an amazing time."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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