In the end, four-star defensive lineman Myles Murphy didn’t pass up the chance to stay home.
The Dudley High School (Greensboro, North Carolina) committed to UNC on Monday at a ceremony at his school, picking the Tar Heels and coach Mack Brown ahead of South Carolina, Florida and Alabama. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder visited all four schools down the stretch of his recruitment.
Murphy announced his choice by putting up a UNC hat on his head and his family members all revealing UNC shirts under their jackets.
“I been to UNC seven or eight times. The love there is real and the fan base is amazing,” Murphy said. “I had a good relationship with all the coaches. It was a good vibe down there.”
He’s the No. 117 player in the county in the 247Sports Composite rankings, the fifth-ranked strongside defensive end and fourth-ranked player in North Carolina. Murphy is the highest-ranked defensive recruit to commit to UNC since Jalen Dalton in 2015.
Murphy is 10th in-state recruit to pledge to UNC for the Class of 2020 and 21st overall. He said South Carolina was leading at one point, but that changed on his official visit.
Murphy said the history of defensive players UNC has produced over the years, including Vonnie Holliday and Julius Peppers, stood out to him. He talked with Holliday during his visit to UNC and spoke to Peppers by phone.
“I had a feeling I would be better off at UNC. They had a lot of home-state talent, so I thought, ‘Why not just stay here?’ ” Murphy said. “All the defensive line and history they had. The former players followed up what Coach Brown was saying. They loved him when they played for him and they said he had connections with his players. ... I love coach Tim Cross, the one at UNC, he’s one of the best defensive coaches I’ve ever met. He kept it real with me. That was one of the best parts of it.”
North Carolina is breaking in a new coaching staff with Brown coming out of the broadcast booth and former Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman heading the defense. With Murphy’s commitment, UNC is 13th in the 247Sports Composite rankings that factor in all networks.
As a junior, Murphy had 53 tackles, 18 for loss, and 10 sacks as part of a defense that allowed 16 points per game. Murphy played at Southwest Guilford High School last season but transferred to Dudley in the offseason.