Yet another Texas Longhorns quarterback pledge can boast an “elite” tag, as Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra product Maalik Murphy is now the latest future Longhorn to earn an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals.
Murphy joins a lengthy lineage of Texas pledges to earn an invite to the Elite 11 finals, joining Hudson Card (2019), Roshon Johnson (2018), Sam Ehlinger (2016), Shane Buechele (2015), Jerrod Heard (2013), Tyrone Swoopes (2012), Garrett Gilbert (2008), Jevan Snead (2005), Vince Young (2001) and Chance Mock (1999).
Save for Swoopes and Johnson, each other former Longhorn listed went on to be named an Elite 11 quarterback.
For Murphy to become more than a finalist officially earn honors as an Elite 11 quarterback and join those former Longhorns, he’ll be tasked with proving to be among the premier passers in a group of 20 of the greatest quarterback prospects from around the country.
A four-star prospect, Muprhy committed to Texas on Feb. 13, just a handful of weeks after Steve Sarkisian became the Horns head coach. A month later, Muprhy kicked off his junior campaign, which was postponed and ultimately shortened to just six games due to COVID-19. In those six appearances, Murphy completed 90-of-163 attempts for 1,261 yards and 9 touchdowns, with 4 interceptions.
Murphy is currently regarded as the nation’s No. 74 player overall and as the No. 7 quarterback, per the 247Sports Composite.