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Texas dipped into the DFW Metroplex for the latest addition to the Longhorns’ 2021 class, and took a quality defensive lineman from a Big 12 opponent in the process.
DeSoto DL Byron Murphy committed to Texas after previously being committed to Baylor. He joined Jordon Thomas and Ja’Tavion Sanders in Texas’ 2021 defensive line class. Murphy holds over 15 offers including Colorado, Georgia, TCU, Utah, Texas Tech, and Iowa State.
Eric Nahlin on Murphy: Good ball get-off, quick and easy mover in all directions, some bounce to him, uses low-man advantage at a position it’s most important. I mentioned to him he moved like a big running back and he responded that was his position until he grew out of it. I’ve liked his tape and been in contact with him since his sophomore year but I figured lack of length would always be an anchor around his neck. He’s grown. I think he has the potential to be better than Tank Jackson because of his lateral agility. Murphy has a high floor. He doesn’t have Albert Regis’ athletic upside but he’s a much better defensive tackle at this point.
Gerry Hamilton on Murphy: Go ahead and name your best college football defensive tackles at 6-foot-1 or less from Texas in the last couple of decades, save the G.O.A.T Casey Hampton, and Murphy could be next in line. The former linebacker and running back is a powerfully built defensive tackle with excellent agility, flexibility and strength to go with 10-inch hands. A terrific early evaluation by Baylor, which can be said numerous times in the 2021 class.
Murphy is the 19th member of Texas’ 2021 recruiting class joining Terrence Cooks (Pearland Shadow Creek), Max Merril (Strake Jesuit), Charles Wright (Austin High), Jaden Alexis (Monarch – FL), Mike Myslinski (Bishop Kenny – FL), Gunnar Helm (Cherry Creek – CO), Jamier Johnson (John Muir – CA), Ishamel Ibraheem (Dallas Kimball), JD Coffey (Kennedale), Isaac Pearson (ProKick Australia), Casey Cain (Warren Easton – LA), Jonathon Brooks (Hallettsville), Morice Blackwell (Arlington Martin), Jordon Thomas (Port Arthur Memorial), Ja’Tavion Sanders (Denton Ryan), Derrick Harris Jr. (New Caney), Juan Davis (Everman), Hayden Conner (Katy Taylor).