Texas lands five-star quarterback prospect Maalik Murphy

Oct 5, 2019; Morgantown, WV, USA; Texas Longhorns helmets sit in the tunnel at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Five-star quarterback Maalik Murphy announced he will play at Texas, giving new coach Steve Sarkisian his first major commit in the Class of 2022.

Murphy is ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and the No. 30 player in the nation by the 247Sports composite. The 6-foot-5 prospect from Gardena, Calif., had offers from about 30 teams across the nation, including Alabama, Florida, Oregon and Southern California.

“I feel like I will be able to succeed at the highest level playing at the University of Texas with a man like Coach Sark by my side calling the plays,” Murphy told ESPN. “Putting me in the best position to showcase my talent and prepare me for the next level.”

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Murphy’s words must ease some of the wounds at Texas, which previously held the commitment of Quinn Ewers, the nation’s top-ranked player. The Longhorns thought they were set at quarterback when Ewers committed to the team last Oct. 14, only to see him decommit less than three months later.

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Ewers, from Southlake, Texas, since flipped to Ohio State.

–Field Level Media