Texas Longhorns defensive tackle target Lloyd Murray Jr. has trimmed his list of options to 10 schools and Texas is still in the mix. Along with the Longhorns, Murray is still considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
He’ll choose between this bunch on May 5, he announced on Twitter on Thursday night.
A three-star prospect out of Wichita Falls Hirschi, Murray has been an offer candidate for Texas for quite some time, although the ‘Horns are yet to extend that invitation. Murray was invited to attend the Longhorns Junior Day over the weekend, but told Burnt Orange Nation he was unable to attend due to personal reasons, but did add that he will visit Texas soon.
Originally scheduled to commit on July 20, Murray moving his decision date up means if Texas hopes to sway things in its favor in the coming months, getting Murray on campus relatively soon is a must.
To this point, Texas has offered just three defensive tackle prospects and only appears to be heavily in the mix with DeMarvin Leal, a versatile four-star talent out of Converse Judson.
A former Florida State pledge, Murray told 247Sports that Texas is among the programs impressing him right now and adding Murray to that list of offers would go a long way towards potentially earning his commitment. In the meantime, with Jimbo Fisher now at Texas A&M, the Aggies will likely emerge as the frontrunners in the near future, as they already hold a Crystal Ball projection.
As a junior, Murray notched 40 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, three fumble recoveries and one pass breakup. The 6’2, 310-pounder is ranked as the nation’s No. 1,138 player, No. 67 defensive tackle and the No. 139 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite.