As Greg Biggins alluded to in reporting this story, this could be one of those parent SD/NLI situations that gets ugly. It basically already is. Supposedly Chris' dad will sign for him. Not uncommon -- one example I remember is current Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins' mom tripped out when he decided to sign with Arkansas instead of hometown Miami (FL) about 5 years ago, torpedoed his live ESPN announcement and literally took his NLI and ran away with it. His dad signed the next day, but his mom hired an attorney from the (Johnnie) Cochran firm to "represent the family's interests." You can't make this stuff up.
I hope it doesn't go down that road for Chris and family, he's a really good kid. For those tearing their garments and decrying the end of HS sports "as we know it," Murray is a 4 year MD Football Player (they do exist!). Mom is an Educational PhD, uncle was a RB at USC. High achieving student with finalists incl. Stanford and Notre Dame, worked himself from a 240 lb. freshman DL to a 300 lb. senior All American.
Word is Mom was DEAD SET on Chris heading to Palo Alto (um, who can blame her? -- parents with a plan beyond football, they do exist!). However, Chris' main recruiter at Stanford (Bloomgren, former OC) left for HC job at Rice, and Nerd Nation staff decided to focus on another OL at Chris' position from Texas (ironically ended up flipping that kid from UCLA).
One interesting part of this is that Chris and his mom were all smiles when he announced for UCLA last month at the Army game in Texas ...
Obviously Dr. Murray could have been (and likely was) putting on her best face for the biggest moment of her son's young life and the national TV audience on NBC, but damn, they really had me going. Again, I hope this all settles down smoothly and (not that I'm a UCLA fan/alum but) maybe Momma takes another look at that Anderson School of Business brochure?