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Entrance Exam: Najee Murray

Entrance Exam is a series at BuckeyeNation where we chat with incoming freshmen in Ohio State athletics.

Najee Murray and success go hand in hand.

So does speed, and that's a big reason Buckeyes coaches have already found a way to put Murray on the field.

Murray helped Steubenville's 4x200-meter relay team win a state title at the track and field facility next door from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at Ohio State in 2011 with a state-record time. He kept the quicks up through his senior season.

One of the top defensive backs for the Big Red, the 5-foot-9, 179-pound Murray led Steubenville to the state semifinals and a 12-2 record in 2009, and an 11-1 record and the regional semifinals in 2011.

As a senior, Murray recorded 54 tackles and was named first-team Division III All-Ohio. He was also named the Associated Press' Division III co-Defensive Player of the year in 2012.

In 2011, he led the Big Red with 17 receptions for 280 yards and had four touchdowns.

Murray opened the 2012 season for Ohio State with two tackles against Miami (Ohio) in a reserve role.

BN: What does it mean to be a Buckeye and play for Ohio State?

Murray: It's an honor to be a Buckeye. Most people aren't given this opportunity. I was and now it's up to me to take advantage of it.

BN: You're already in the mix as a freshman. Has it hit you that you're being counted on so early?

Murray: It has, but you have to stay humble and stay focused. You have to work hard and compete. There's always somebody else behind you.

BN: What do you expect out of this year?

Murray: Right now, I expect to do whatever the coaches need me to do and work hard for four to six seconds on every play.

BN: What does Urban Meyer mean to you?

Murray: He's a great man. He's an intense guy who knows what to do to win. If you listen to him and follow what he says, you will win. You will accomplish your goals.

BN: Where is Najee Murray in four years? Where is Ohio State?

Murray: Najee Murray in four years, God willing, is in the NFL. Ohio State in four years has three national championships. If not three, I know we'll have one in our class. We're going to try to be the best class ever to play at Ohio State.