The first official visit was more than enough for wide receiver Marchie Murdock (Mansfield, Texas/Legacy).
After returning from an official to Illinois, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver decided the school was the place for him. Murdock gave the Fighting Illini his verbal commitment Sunday evening and became the program’s 25th pledge of the 2013 recruiting class.
A receiver with good speed, Murdock chose Illinois over offers from San Diego State and Navy. Murdock was recruited to Illinois by co-offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales. Junior receiver Ryan Lankford was his player host for the weekend.
“I really liked it a lot,” Murdock said of Illinois. “It was a lot of fun. Scale of 1 to 10, it was a 10.”
Murdock put up solid numbers this season for a Legacy team that ran a balanced offense. He caught 49 passes for 770 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Murdock has a scheduled visit to San Diego State this weekend, but with the commitment, he’s debating on whether or not he will take it. The Illinois trip left a major mark on his plans.
“I liked everything ... the atmosphere, the players, the coaching staff,” Murdock said. “They have my major and what I want to do in college. It was just all the things I look for in a college.
“They told me I could play as a freshman if I worked hard. They said they needed some help at the position, and I could help them out.”
Murdock became the first Texas high school player to commit to Illinois this year. He’s also only the second Texan since 2006 to commit to the Illini. Running back Donovonn Young (Katy, Texas/Katy) was a part of the 2011 recruiting class.