Armando Murillo

By NU Athletic Communications
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

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Armando Murillo

DB, 6-0, 195, Tampa, Fla.
(Robinson HS/Eastern Arizona CC)

 

Junior college standout Armando Murillo is a key part of an impressive group of secondary recruits in the Huskers' 2007 signing class. Murillo is one of five players recruited by Nebraska to play defensive back, and is also one of six junior college performers in the class. Murillo, who has three years to complete two seasons of eligibility, enrolled at Nebraska for the spring semester and will take part in spring drills. Murillo joins the Huskers after a standout two-year stint at Eastern Arizona Community College in Thatcher, Ariz., where he was coached by John O'Meara, who also coached current Husker Zackary Bowman at New Mexico Military Institute. Murillo originally hails from Tampa, Fla., but is one of six Nebraska signees with Arizona connections, joining five Phoenix area prep standouts. Murillo helped Eastern Arizona to a 7-4 mark in 2006, by intercepting three passes and making about 30 tackles, while teams generally threw to the other side of the field. In his first season at Eastern Arizona in 2005, Murillo earned first-team All-America honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association. He helped Eastern Arizona to a 6-4 record by recording seven interceptions, including two that he returned for touchdowns. Murillo is regarded as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, which also ranks him as the nation's No. 21 overall junior college recruit. Murillo is listed as a four-star player by Scout.com, while SuperPrep Magazine ranks him as the No. 38 overall junior college prospect in the country. Murillo was a standout high school performer at Robinson High in Tampa, before enrolling at Eastern Arizona. Murillo was a two-way player for Mike DePeu at Robinson High, playing wide receiver and defensive back. Murillo chose Nebraska after also visiting Arizona State and West Virginia, while he also received offers from Oklahoma and Louisiville among others. Murillo was born on Feb. 1, 1986, and is the son of Facunda Arenas. His brother, Javier Arenas, was a freshman defensive back for Alabama last season, and Murillo is a cousin of NBA star Gilbert Arenas.

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