5-star priority Myles Murphy looks at his recruiting in a new light in a lot of ways

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Myles Murphy is an elite edge athlete in the 2020 class. He is a junior at Hillgrove High School in Cobb County.

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings today with a summation of the latest regarding the recruiting of 5-star OLB target Myles Murphy

Myles Murphy heard the question. Considered it. Then pounced on it. The responses mirrored the way his elite ball get off must be seen to be appreciated.

The answer was yes. The nation’s No. 11 overall prospect for 2020 has started to look at his recruiting process in a different light.

He is doing a lot of picking and choosing. In all areas of his day-to-day life.

“It has been a more mature approach to it,” he said. “There’s probably about 60 text messages per day. Not counting the messages on Instagram and Twitter. So I’ve been picking and choosing who I am responding to and what day I am going to respond to them.”

Myles Murphy is rated as the nation’s No. 2 strong-side DE prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

“Because if I respond they are going to quickly shoot back another text or question and carry on a conversation so that with schoolwork and just being a teenager in high school it is a pretty hectic schedule so I’ve been going with a more mature approach about it.”

His first trips were about football and the facilities. That was the first round. The second round of trips regarded where he would fit in their defensive schemes.

Those days are long gone. His priorities now focus on the schools which will enable him to be an engineer one day. Structural engineering is an early emphasis.

Some of that is just a general sense of getting his arms around a life-shaping decision. It might also be in terms of which schools now fit his future outlook and priorities the best.

It might mean that other schools like Clemson and Auburn are trending harder with him than the Bulldogs.

When asked Sunday at the Atlanta Opening to name which schools would definitely have a hat on the table when it comes time to make his college decision, he did not name the school his mother graduated from.

“The two hats that I know will be there it will be probably Auburn [and] Clemson,” he said. “But those aren’t the only two. Those are the two that I know will be up there.”

He said that and then backed off the throttle with that thought just a bit when asked what the Bulldogs might have to do to keep up with and catch those rivals programs.

“They are keeping pace,” Murphy said. “It is on me when it comes to that. I just have to keep looking for what I want to see and if I don’t see it, then I’d have to cross it off the list.”

What Myles Murphy said on Sunday about his decision

The scope of his post-camp thoughts on Sunday seemed to confirm the following: The rumors that the Bulldogs might be running second or third behind schools like Clemson and Auburn are not far-fetched.

They definitely don’t seem as far-fetched as the thought of that was halfway through last season.

Murphy hasn’t visited Georgia since the Auburn game last fall. He said that he doesn’t plan to return until early May. That was not definite. G-Day is a possibility, though.

Myles Garrett wants to study engineering in college. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

He still likes the idea of committing on local television at a pep rally like he saw his Hillgrove High teammate Jaylen “Tank” McCollough do last year prior to the season opener.

What will be the most important factor in his college decision?

“The most important factor is definitely going to be how I feel at that school,” Murphy said. “So it is like if I don’t feel comfortable at that school no matter how good it looks or what good stuff they tell me if I don’t feel comfortable at that school then I will not be choosing that school.”

The schools that crack his top 10 or top 5 will be the ones that have made him feel comfortable on every visit so far. He plans to release that at an undetermined time in the future. It sounds like the summer, but he made no promises on a specific day.

Based on what he said on Sunday, here’s the hierarchy of what he’s looking for with this decision.

  • The feeling he has at a school
  • Academics
  • Where he fits into the scheme of their defense

With what he can do and the way he moves at 260 pounds, he’s going to add an instant problem to somebody’s playmaking ability off the edge.

The schools chasing Myles Murphy in 2020

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