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OSU Running Back Target Deshun Murrell Decommits from UCLA

An interesting late-cycle development to monitor.

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UCLA running back commit Deshun Murrell became former UCLA running back commit Deshun Murrell on Monday, a surprising development that puts a top running back target for Oklahoma State back onto the open market.

Murrell, a three-star prospect from Centreville, Alabama, had been committed to the Bruins since June. But since that commitment, Cal, Virginia, Kansas State, West Virginia, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Penn State had all made offers, with OSU’s coming less than a month ago.

Adding to the intrigue, that timing isn’t coincidental. He told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong that the Pokes are in his top 3 right now, along with UCLA and Penn State.

“Oklahoma State, I love their school as well and I love the location,” he said. (He must be a big cheese fries guy.) “They create great running backs like Penn State and that’s more like a home setting for me. It’s more like where I’m from.”

He says he’ll visit his top three schools before making a final decision, and plans to do that will be set “this week.”

The 2021 running back would give OSU a second commitment at the position this recruiting cycle at a position it needs — but hasn’t quite yet — fully addressed. The Pokes have one commitment at the position in scatback Jaden Nixon but have been on the hunt in recent months to find a complementary second back to put next to him to finish off the class at the position.

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