The short commitment of DeSoto defensive tackle Byron Murphy II to the Texas Longhorns is officially over, as the former Baylor Bears pledged inked with the Horns on Wednesday during Early Signing Day.
A surprise flip from the Bears in mid-November, the 6’1, 290-pounder is the only pure interior defensive line prospect for the Longhorns with less than two months until National Signing Day.
The 6’1, 290-pound tackle was a force for DeSoto as a senior, amassing 40 tackles and five sacks through six games this season. As a junior, Murphy was voted first-team All-State for Class 6A, in addition to being an unanimous All-District selection after finishing the 2019 campaign with 98 tackles and 12 tackles for loss. The three-star defender committed to Baylor in June, but announced his decommitment from the Bears hours before announcing his pledge to the Longhorns.
A late push from the Longhorns netted the services of the Eagles defender, adding a talented building block to the class. Murphy currently sits as the No. 25 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 400 player nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Analysis (By: Daniel Seahorn)
Murphy is listed at 6’1, 290 pounds, and while he may be a little vertically challenged and lack elite measurables for the position, the film tells a different story. Murphy makes up for the lack of size with very good play strength, good usage of his hands, and excellent effort from snap to whistle. Murphy consistently is playing on the other side of the LOS and is a handful and half when he is being solo blocked. He possesses good power and his hands and strong lower half that allows him to put offensive linemen on their heels frequently.
Even when he is double teamed, Murphy shows the ability to fight and split through them to cause disruption. Murphy consistently sheds and gets off blocks and follows that up with displaying a good motor in pursuit of the play consistently. When you are tasked with eating double teams as often as Murphy is and you still give great effort from snap to snap it will not go unnoticed by coaches.
Murphy is former linebacker who outgrew the position, and it adds intrigue to how he profiles athletically, as he moves very well on tape. Murphy had an absolutely nutty amount of production in 2019, in which he generated 98 tackles (12 TFLs), 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and one defensive touchdown on his way to being named Class 6A first-team all-state.
When you combine the production and what he displays on tape you have yourself a pretty dang good football player and I think if he was a couple of inches taller he wouldn’t be ranked as a three-star prospect by the recruiting services.