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UPDATE: Marchie Murdock Decommits from Texas State

Fightin' Illini WR Marchie Murdock to transfer to TXST.

 ***UPDATED 06/05/2016***

Former Illinois wide receiver Marchie Murdock has decommitted from Texas State and now plans on transferring to Iowa State.

“Everything was even between the two,” said Murdock when asked why he changed his mind. “But at the the end of the day, I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Big 12.”

Murdock graduated early from Illinois and will play out his last two years of eligiiblity while attending graduate school. Because he is a graduate transfer, he will not have to sit out a season before playing for Iowa State.

This is another blow for the Bobcats in the wide receiver department, after three other wide receivers were suspended for undisclosed disciplinary reasons last month.

Here’s a list of the wide receivers left on Texas State’s roster after the suspensions and decommitment (in no order):

L.G. Williams – 5’10”, 193-lbs. Fr. RS. Cibolo, Texas. Steele High School.

Montreal Taylor – 5-9 175 Jr. SQ Mansfield, Texas Mansfield High School.

PJ Anderson – 6’2″, 190-lbs. So. San Antonio, Texas. Taft High School.

Justin Eberly – 5’9″, 190-lbs. Jr. Conroe, Texas. Caney Creek High School.

Fred Nixon – 6’3″, 200-lbs. Sr. Willis, Texas. Willis High School.

Eric Luna – 6’1″, 200-lbs. So. Deer Park, Texas. Deer Park High School/ Midwestern State University.

Kolby Kolek – 5’11”, 205-lbs. Sr. RS. La Grange, Texas. La Grange High School.

A.J. Krawczyk –  5’11”, 180-lbs. So. Kingwood, Texas. Kingwood High School.

Elijah King – 6’2″, 180-lbs. Jr. Ashland, Ky. Fairview High School/Santa Barbara City College.

Tyler Watts – 5’8″, 150-lbs. Fr. RS  Brenham, Texas. Brenham High School.

Thurman Morbley – 5’11”, 166-lbs. Fr. Texarkana, Texas. Liberty Elyau High School.

***UPDATED 06/05/2016***

Last week, the Bobcats received news that Missouri quarterback, Eddie Printz, will be transferring to Texas State to attend graduate school and play out his final two years of eligibility in San Marcos. This week, the Bobcats got another offensive weapon to transfer, this time from a Big 10 school.

Illinois redshirt sophomore wide receiver, Marchie Murdock, announced on Twitter that he is going to transfer to Texas State with two years of eligibility left. Similar to Printz, he won’t have to sit out a season because he is graduating from Illinois and transferring to Texas State to attend graduate school. While Printz is graduating in May, has already turned in his Letter of Intent (LOI) and will be in San Marcos by June, Murdock won’t be graduating until August and hasn’t turned in his LOI yet, but he will be eligible to play this fall.

“I want more playing time, of course,” said Murdock on why he’s transferring. “But my mom got a little bit sick, that was the main reason, along with more playing time. I wanted to be closer to her. That’s why I feel Texas State is right for me.”

Originally from Arlington, Texas, Murdock was a 3-star recruit coming out of Legacy high school, with offers from Kansas, Houston, Colorado State and San Diego State, amongst several others. The 6’1”, 190-lbs wide receiver initially chose to go to Illinois because of a close relationship with former Illinois wide receiver coach, Billy Gonzales, right before Gonzales left for Mississippi State after just one year at Illinois.

“At the time, we had coach Gonzalez and he was just a guy that I really connected with,” said Murdock. “Unfortunately, the day after signing day, he left. Still had coach (Mike) Bellamy as our receiver coach and he’s a great receivers coach so it was all good. “

After redshirting his freshman year, Murdock appeared in six games over the next two seasons for the Fightin’ Illini, making 21 catches and scoring three touchdowns.

When they found out he wanted to transfer, the Texas State coaches took to Twitter to reach out to Murdock, “(Texas State head) Coach (Everett) Withers and (Texas State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks) coach (Brett) Elliott found out I was transferring and they hit me up on Twitter,” said Murdock. “I started to talk to them and made a great relationship with them. I went out to visit on the first Junior Day back on the 13th. They also had another guy out there, Eddie (Printz), we were just talking and getting a good vibe from the coaches. I just felt that it was the right decision for me. (Withers) is a real great guy. Seems like the type of guy you want to play for. He was exciting. He was really adamant about wanting to bring the Texas State program up.”

On his trip to San Marcos, Murdock was able to forge an early bond with a player that might be throwing him his passes when he gets to Texas State, “(Printz) is a cool dude,” said Murdock. “He told me how he went to Missouri. I had a homeboy that went to my school that went to Missouri. We was just talking and he seemed like a real great guy. He was excited to go to Texas State.”

Aside from getting to know Withers and Printz, Murdock talked about certain aspects of San Marcos that helped him make is decision to transfer, “I like the stadium, I like the facilities,” said Murdock. “I got a lot of people that I kind of know there so it won’t be like I’ll just be new in a program. I just felt like this was the type of area, if I wanted to go and make an impact on a program, this is the right school for me.”

Murdock is set to graduate from Illinois with a degree in communications this August. At this time, he is unsure on what graduate degree he look to obtain at Texas State, as he is currently looking into that.

As stated above, he hasn’t turned in his LOI, so nothing is finalized as of yet. As of now he can be considered committed to transferring to Texas State.

Even though it’s not set in stone, this is another example of how Withers and his staff are doing everything they can to bring in more talent to help the Bobcats football team win now. Instead of the rolling the dice with midyear junior college players or hoping the incoming freshman class is ready their first year, they are thinking outside the box to bring in guys that they know can play immediately. Not to mention, guys who take school seriously enough to graduate early and have the grades to be eligible for graduate school.

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