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Myles Murphy. Go ahead and etch that young man’s name in your mind. He is one of the state’s elite players for 2020.
There is probably no need to leave a lot of room above his name at the top, too. The state of Georgia already charts a quintet of 5-stars for the 2020 cycle.
If I had to take my first pick out of what I have seen from the crop so far, he would be no worse than second. Murphy might even be the first choice. Why?
It seems logical to share a few quick data points regarding the junior out of Hillgrove High in Cobb County.
- Rates as the nation’s No. 2 strong-side DE and at No. 16 overall on the 247Sports composite for 2020.
- The 6-foot-5 prospect now weighs 255 pounds heading into his junior season.
- Murphy’s first offer came from UGA. His mother is also an alum.
- The staff at UGA has regarded him as a “freak talent” in the past. Well, that was before his camp work this summer.
- He told DawgNation he clocked a 4.6 in the 40 for the UGA staff this summer.
He had more than the curiosity of the UGA staff prior to that session. But to trace along a famous Tarantino line, he has the attention of the best class the Bulldogs can possibly build for 2020.
“It was just to showcase what I have improved on which is more than likely my speed,” Murphy said of that session. “Last year when I went to Georgia I ran a 4.9 flat. This year when I went to Georgia I ran a 4.6. That’s when they started looking at my quickness and my highlight tapes.”
Georgia now views him as a guy who can possibly do what Brenton Cox can for the defense in 2018. That’s an athlete with the speed and athleticism to affect the quarterback every down, but also a college-ready body that will hold up against the run.
“They were looking at me as a ‘3-technique’ or a ‘4-technique’ but now they are looking at me as a hybrid,” he said. “To play all of that and even outside linebacker a little bit.”
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) August 17, 2018
It is worth noting both Tray Scott and Dell McGee are doing the recruiting for Murphy so far to this point. McGee serves as his area recruiter.
The “Wolf” of the UGA staff is on this one, too. That’s not just pulp fiction.
Where will Myles Murphy visit next month?
Murphy opened up the 2018 season with what I charted as at least two solo tackles on the first three snaps for Douglas County.
He was cramping to some extent. That’s pretty standard for big guys this early in the season. He was also only going about 3-4 snaps in a row.
It appeared his coaches desired to keep him fresh for four quarters. But he missed some time due to that.
“It was the adversity with the heat,” Murphy said. “I just have to get used to that. I just need to get in better conditioning. That’s pretty much it.”
When the dead period shroud lifts next month, he has a few trips in mind. The first one will be to Clemson.
He will see the Tigers, but will also be to see Furman play in Death Valley. The brother of one of his friends plays for the Paladins. Murphy might even ride up there with that family.
“We plan to go see the Clemson game against Furman and then Georgia, Auburn and Alabama sometime after that,” he said.
Murphy said his only goal for this fall is a region championship for his Hawks. That’s it. He’ll take whatever comes his way beyond that.
What does the timeline look like for Myles Murphy?
Murphy is a sharp kid. Fun interview. He understands the game already of what to say and what not to say. I won’t throw his top schools list out there.
I’ll allow him the right to choose to do that or wait it out. But it does sound like the Bulldogs are in the “up there” group with a lot of schools right now.
“If I had a top 4 right now they would definitely be in there but I don’t think it is right for me to already go and look at a top 4 right now,” he said.
He also looks at the academic side of things, too. The plan is for civil engineering to become his future college major.
The fact he carries a 3.2 grade-point average is also noted on his sophomore highlight film.
“My parents stress that into my head a lot,” Murphy said. “They both stress that NFL stands for ‘Not for Long’ so I have to have something to prepare for after that.”
Murphy did pay attention to how his teammate Jaylen “Tank” McCollough handled his recruiting process.
It sounds like something he could follow. McCollough, a senior safety, chose Tennessee last Friday at a school pep rally.
“I was going to do a little bit of what ‘Tank’ did,” Murphy said. “Come out with my top 4 or top 5 probably a month before I commit.”
Look for Murphy to do it right now sometime prior to his senior season. That, as always, is subject to change.
He told DawgNation that he doesn’t know exactly what he is looking for as of yet.
His Hudl highlight page lists a 4.59 in the 40. The 11.2 showing in the 100-meters also grabs the attention. Here are the reels from his season opener against Douglas County and his sophomore season, respectively.
A few UGA recruiting clips of consequence from the weekend
Jadon Haselwood simply doing Jadon Haselwood things. This one now has more than 42,000 views on Twitter at the moment after it was shared late Saturday night.
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) August 19, 2018
4-star ATH Jammie Robinson has transferred from Crisp County in Cordele to Lee County. This was his first touch for his new team. I continue to think of him as a 700 series Jamyest Williams.
He did recently tell me he plans to make his college choice now sometime during the season. The D.J. Daniel decision does make even more room for him now in the 2019 class at UGA.
say though🗣 this my first touch at lee county 💪🏾🤷🏾♂️ BIG6 just checking in 🤫🌪 pic.twitter.com/0ogThvccWr
— BIG 6💰 (@Jammierobinson6) August 18, 2018
UGA commitment Bill Norton filled the gaps a lot for his Christian Brothers (Tenn.) team in a 7-0 win to start the season. He told DawgNation that he finished with five tackles and two stops for losses in the opener.
His suplex count for the year remains at zero, though. But it does look like he tried for one of those in an early clip from his first game reel.
5-star UGA commitment Dominick Blaylock currently has a .500 scoring average for Walton High. That equates to three touchdowns on six catches so far as a senior.
He finished the Mill Creek game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with six catches for 132 yards and three scores. But there might be an asterisk next to one of those. It still counted, though.
We are witnessing something special in Dom Blaylock 👀
— Who's Next (@WhosNextHS) August 19, 2018
Did you see rep #2 for the “Before the Hedges” reboot?
Brandon Adams hosts a new show on the DawgNation Facebook page that streams live at 3 p.m. every Wednesday.
The second installment of the show was scattered and smothered with:
- In his own words: 4-star commit Rian Davis on why he chose UGA and negative recruiting
- Reel Talk with Mike Johnson: Breaking Down Cade Mays
- How Demetris Robertson can actually enhance Jadon Haselwood’s long-standing commitment
- Why UGA fans might need to “Buckle Up” and wait for the remaining 2019 commitment news
Several things stuck out to me this weekend …..
- Michigan resident Justin Rogers rates as the nation’s No. 1 OG prospect for 2020. He had a very impressive visit to UGA for “The Reveal” late last month. DawgNation chronicled that trip here after an interesting conversation which offered a different look into where his recruiting has been trending since G-Day.
- Rogers had an interesting tweet from over the weekend. The 5-star recruit currently ranks as the nation’s No. 14 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports composite.
Commit coming soon📝 do not ask me why
— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) August 18, 2018
- IMG Academy is the home of 5-star Georgia commit Nolan Smith. Smith and his Ascenders didn’t have the best start to their 2018 season. It was a scrimmage game, but the newly-reshaped national juggernaut saw itself down to Columbia (Fla.) 27-0 before rallying to make it a 33-20 contest before the starters were pulled. IMG has not allowed that many points in the regular season since a 50-49 win way back on September 9, 2016.
- The 6-1, 175-pounder for Columbia at quarterback certainly made an impression in throwing for five touchdowns before the starters were pulled in the third quarter. His name is Jordan Smith and there are already some Lamar Jackson comparison storylines out there regarding his play.
— John Garcia, Jr. (@JohnGarcia_Jr) August 18, 2018
- What is the latest on 5-star RB commit John Emery Jr? Emery shared a good read with Sam Spiegelman from the new Rivals LSU site this weekend. Emery told Tigerdetails.com that LSU has chosen his post-commitment journey to roll up the volume on their recruiting pitch. That said, he quoted Emery as saying his mindset was “locked on Georgia” and that anything can happen but he has “locked in and final with his decision.”
- We reported in an earlier Intel that 4-star UGA Rian Davis was set to face North Gwinnett later this month on Aug. 31. That was going off the Maxpreps.com schedule. Upon further review, a few Bulldog fans will have a choice to make on Sept. 1. Davis and his Mustangs are scheduled to face North Gwinnett at 8:30 PM on Saturday. That’s the first day of the college football season. I’m not sure how many fans will leave that Austin Peay game early to check out an LB prospect on his way to UGA that I feel should be seen as the Quay Walker of this class. He’s that good.
- That Freedom Bowl event features 10 out-of-state teams and two Georgia squads in Milton and North Gwinnett. That is going to be a long Saturday for sure. I’m not sure if that Wekiva-North Gwinnett matchup will start on time. It is a curious decision, but the big picture here is that the event features out-of-state talent in a fine venue at Milton for an event that serves a great purpose than convenience.
- Check out the mission statement from the Freedom Bowl website: Educating and inspiring our youth in character, leadership and teamwork skills both on and off the field. Coaches and athletes will go through life-changing experiences as they meet and greet with military personnel in leadership roles. Obtain the opportunity to show their support and appreciation to the men and women that have been wounded at war.
- Check out 2020 McEachern DT Jamil Burroughs working prior to the Colquitt County game at the Corky Kell Classic this weekend. Burroughs, the nation’s No. 4 DT on the 247Sports Composite for 2020, is set to make his decision to honor his mother on her birthday on Aug. 25.
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) August 18, 2018
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) August 18, 2018
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