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Myles Murphy is already one of Georgia's top prospects, and he still has two years of varsity football to go.

Nation’s No. 2 DE Myles Murphy says UGA staff considers him a ‘freak talent’

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Sunday night calls for a chance to write something substantial about big Myles Murphy in the class of 2020. 

Myles Murphy, the nation’s No. 2 strongside defensive end prospect for 2020, keeps a rather interesting message pinned atop his Twitter account.

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Hillgrove 4-star Myles Murphy rates as the nation’s No. 2 strongside defensive end prospect on the 247Sports composite. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

That is the one where he shares the news of the offer he got from Georgia. From July 2017.

When asked about it, he clarified exactly why that one is pinned there.

“I look at that tweet and why it is there — because that was my first offer,” Murphy said. “That just means a lot to me.”

Murphy already stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at about 251 pounds.

Let’s stake a few tent poles around his process real quick like:

  • He rates as the nation’s No. 34 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports composite, but his highlight film looks like a future 5-star forecast to me.
  • Murphy has great feet. If anyone wanted to use the term Baryshnikov to describe those feet, I wouldn’t argue with them. He told me that
  • The Hillgrove High (Marietta, Ga.) standout plans to enroll early.
  • His brother is already playing college ball at an NAIA school. His father played his college football at UTC. That’s now simply called Chattanooga.
  • Murphy said he hopes to commit sometime between the beginning and end of his senior season of high school.
  • His mother, Breyone, is a UGA graduate.
  • He said he hopes to major in engineering. He prefers structural engineering but also could study mechanical engineering as an undergrad.

The big thing to me about UGA’s shot with Myles Murphy

Pinned tweets are interesting. The thing I will remember is what I saw Myles Murphy doing the first time he was at UGA. It was a big game, and the Bulldogs were getting ready to take the field right before kickoff.

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Myles Murphy plans to study engineering in college. He plans to make his decision sometime during his senior season right now. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Murphy was right there at the overhang over the tunnel. He’d been stationed there for more than a minute. He made sure to film every moment of the Bulldogs taking the field.

That just doesn’t happen very often, regardless of what grade the young man is in. He seemed happy to be there, and it seemed that it was important to him to capture that moment on video.

To me, that looked like a young man who was going to carefully weigh his shot to eventually play for the Bulldogs.

That was before his offer. It also was before he had to smartly start looking at his college opportunities as a business decision. Clemson even recently offered Murphy.

“I think to me Georgia feels just like that ‘at home’ feeling for me,” Murphy said. “My mom graduated from Georgia. That really makes it at home. She pretty much knows the campus. I know that campus pretty well now since I have been there so many times.”

His mother stops short of barking or even calling the Dogs on those trips.

“I mean she is all Georgia but she says the decision is up to me and where I feel the most comfortable,” Murphy said.

He describes “the culture” as the biggest draw for him to Athens right now.

“It is really just that ‘at home’ feeling,” Murphy said. “I am always going to feel comfortable at Georgia. I’m not going to be afraid to hide my feelings at Georgia.”

Murphy said he also has similar feelings at Auburn and Clemson. That was even before the recent offer.

He hasn’t gotten to know Alabama well yet. That will come with his status as an elite national prospect. The rising junior also plans to check out the major powers in the Big Ten and the Midwest this summer.

“Life after football really matters to me,” Murphy said. “My mom is really pushing the education side instead of football. She actually really wanted me to play baseball because I played baseball and basketball last year.”

What makes Myles Murphy an elite name to watch

Murphy said recruiters see every bit of 6-foot-5 frame and 250 pounds and envision him playing defensive end in college.

That is because of those Baryshnikovs he straps into his ankles.

“[Defensive line coach] Tray Scott said he would put me in the role where [Jonathan] Ledbetter is right now and I’d even be playing a little bit of outside linebacker,” said Murphy, who grew up an Alabama fan. “Because my speed and my quickness have increased a lot.”

Auburn, Clemson and Georgia are recruiting him the hardest.

“Tray Scott says that I have like a freak talent because I am 6-foot-5 and almost 260 pounds and I am running 4.5s and 4.6s in the 40,” Murphy said.

He told DawgNation that his fastest time in the 40 has been a 4.55. That’s amazingly fast for a guy that big.

“The first time I talked to Kirby Smart it was kind of a surreal feeling,” Murphy said. “That was when I was at a camp. He first offered me at a camp. When I went to that camp, I wasn’t expecting an offer at all.”

Did you miss these items over the weekend?

Pretty busy weekend for UGA-centric stuff over the interwebs and just on the beat in general.

  • Check out Sam Pittman’s Kentucky Derby party. This is starting to become a thing in Athens. This tweet could be a good “Where’s Kirby?” or “Where’s Dell?” hunt.

  • Four-star defensive lineman Antonio Alfano has moved up his timetable considerably. He was expected to make his decision before Aug. 1, but he’s accelerated that pace substantially. Alfano rates as the nation’s No. 5 strongside defensive end prospect and as the nation’s No. 60 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite standard. Georgia, Penn State and Alabama are contenders for the New Jersey Class of 2019 product. He said he will announce his decision on May 18.

  • Warner Robins tight end Tyler Fromm, a 3-star tight end and the No. 24 prospect at that position in the Class of 2019, committed to Auburn over the weekend. Fromm is a gem but just didn’t fit into UGA’s plans for that position. It is just the sort of thing that happens in the Auburn and Georgia rivalry. Tyler’s older brother, Jake, will be leading the Bulldogs in his junior year when Tyler enrolls at Auburn. The Bulldogs already have a commitment at TE from 4-star Ryland Goede, but Fromm is going to star for the Tigers.

First offer out for the Class of 2022

Give me a second to properly introduce the following topic.

ALLEN IVERSON VOICE: “Eighth-graders, man? We talking ’bout eighth-graders, huh? Really, Jeff. Class of 2022?”

Yes. Class of 2022. We’re going to share a few lines right now about Jake Johnson. Johnson is from that same family with former NFL QB Brad Johnson as the father and 4-star quarterback prospect Max Johnson playing the part of one of the nation’s elite passers for 2020. And then there’s Jake.

Big Jake Johnson. Johnson is already between the 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5 mark on the growth chart. He’s still got a few weeks of eighth grade left in Watkinsville in Oconee County.

And he’s already picked up his UGA offer. This UGA offer comes even earlier in a prospect’s timeline than 5-star Owen Pappoe got his in June after his middle school graduation.

Johnson has the DNA, of course. He also already has the size. He’s listed as an athlete, but that could be a caretaker position until he starts getting real reps at quarterback on the varsity level after his older brother graduates.

Well, I say could. But his highlight film below shows him pulling down big catch upon big catch flanked out wide. There’s also an early snap of him in the shotgun at QB. He doesn’t fire the ball downfield, though.

Johnson just heads upfield on a QB draw.

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