For Mack Brown and the UNC football program, the recruiting fireworks went off a few days after the 4th of July. On Monday afternoon, class of 2020 defensive end Myles Murphy gave the Heels his verbal commitment. The in-state prospect from Greensboro, North Carolina had supposedly favored South Carolina for the majority of his recruitment. That didn’t stop North Carolina from being afforded his final official visit last month. That visit was apparently enough to sway him to the better Carolina. He announced his decision live at his school, then commissioned this to be released from Game of Inches’ account:
Update: Now that we’ve got a player’s announcement graphic instead, it seems like that’s what we should feature. We originally linked to this Inside Carolina announcement.
For a program that is trying to recreate its heyday of producing defensive stalwarts, Murphy is now the fifth defensive lineman to verbally commit for 2020. He joins Kaimon Rucker, Sean Martin, AJ Beatty and four-star recruit Clyde Pinder Jr. (who committed last weekend). At 6-4 and 280 pounds, the product from Dudley High School will undoubtedly provide the versatility to slide around in the trenches in Jay Bateman’s amoeba-like defensive schemes. As Murphy explained to Brian Hall of WFMY last week, the ability to play multiple positions was one of UNC’s major selling points.
.@DBoyzFootball DE Myles Murphy (@gmurfo1 ) is down to four schools..Alabama, Florida, North Carolina & South Carolina. He'll announce commitment on Monday. Caught up with Murphy & Dudley HC Steven Davis to talk recruiting and football. @WFMY #wfmysports @WFMYhss @Brandon3638 pic.twitter.com/COmKfNgrWJ— Brian Hall (@bhallwfmy) July 3, 2019
Just how big of a recruiting win is this for the Heels? Check out these rankings for the consensus 4-star recruit out of Dudley High School.
247 Sports: #4 player in North Carolina, #5 strongside DE in the nation, #96 in the nation
ESPN: #3 player in North Carolina, #10 defensive end, #68 in the nation
Rivals: #11 player in North Carolina, #21 strongside DE end, and has yet to rank him nationally.
The rankings will eventually work themselves out, but as it stands, Murphy is on track to be the highest ranked defensive player to commit to UNC since Jalen Dalton in 2015. Perhaps even more mind boggling, is that Murphy would be the seventh highest rated defensive recruit to come to North Carolina this century (courtesy of 247 Sports Composite rankings). Some of those former recruits never quite made it to the field or underwhelmed when given an opportunity. If Murphy can just meet the most basic of expectations, he arguably would be among UNC’s top-3 highest rated defensive recruits coming out of high school since George Bush was in office. That is not a joke.
Murphy is North Carolina’s 21st verbal commitment for 2020, and the 10th player from North Carolina. In Mack Brown’s first eight months on the job, 20 North Carolina high school athletes have committed and/or signed an LOI to suit up in Kenan. For context, from 2016-2018, UNC only signed 16 North Carolina prospects*. Total.
*Does not include walk-ons or Jordyn Adams, who was selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft.
Murphy’s commitment currently gives the Heels the #13 class in the nation for 2020. With a few more prospects still on the board the coaching staff will be looking to improve on that number in the coming weeks and months.