This past week, recruiting for the Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns, has gotten back on track. Recently, the Longhorns received two four-star defensive commitments, one from Terrence Cooks (Shadow Creek) the other being Byron Murphy (DeSoto.)
After the additions, Texas’s 2021 recruiting class now sits as the 17th ranked class in the nation via 247Sports.
11 of the 19 hard commits in the class are on the defensive side of the football. Texas has made it clear what they want to improve on in the future. One area they have been lacking in their most recent classes was the defensive tackle position. Murphy becomes the first four-star commit (via 247Sports) at the position since 2018. It’s important to land a quality defensive tackle in the class as Texas has transitioned to a base 4-3 defensive scheme.
Murphy, one of the best defensive tackles in the state of Texas, originally committed to Baylor back in June of this year. He announced his decision to flip to Texas however on November 18.
“Texas became a clear choice after Coach Hagen and Coach Giles laid out the plan, how I would fit in the defense,” Murphy said. They said I would see the field my first year as a true freshman. I love the approach they are taking to build up the defense.”
Murphy has been dominating offensive linemen in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the past few years as a part of the DeSoto defensive front. He, along with fellow four-star lineman Shemar Turner, have made DeSoto one of the better programs in the entire state.
In the past two seasons DeSoto holds a record of 15-4. This season, they’re 6-1 and well on their way to making playoff noise again. In 2020 DeSoto is allowing 15 points a game as they have completed two shutouts as well. Murphy on the season has compiled 45 tackles, seven for a loss, five sacks, and a forced fumble in seven games this season.
Murphy is on pace to have another stellar year. Last season he racked up 98 tackles, 12 for a loss, five and a half sacks, and four forced fumbles in 12 games. The 6’1 defensive tackle was a unanimous first-team all-district selection last season and he has sights on doing it again in 2020.
“My goals for my last year at DeSoto is to make all-district, all-state, have a deep run in the playoffs, and hopefully bring home a state trophy,” Murphy said.
Murphy also has big plans for when he officially becomes a Texas Longhorn in a year.
“My goals for when I officially become a Longhorn is to become a better player, make first-Team all-Big-12, Big-12 Defensive Freshman of The Year, and become a household name,” Murphy explained.
Murphy is a guy who will be making Texas fans happy on day one. A guy who can come in and on day one succeed on the frontlines. He will probably be a starter for his entire tenure at Texas.
Get ready to hear the name “Byron Murphy” a ton for the next three years at least.
“Texas fans should know that they are getting a real dog. I’m going to be relentless and go hard every snap.”
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