When Maalik Murphy pledged to the Texas Longhorns this past February, few Longhorns fans knew exactly what they would be getting from the 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect.
After all, Murphy had yet to suit up as a starter for Junipero Serra (Gardena, CA) at the varsity level. And with California delaying its high school football season until mid-March, fans would have to wait even longer to catch a glimpse of Murphy on the gridiron, and see if he really was worth the hype.
Despite this, Murphy's stock has remained as high as ever, soaring to the top of nearly every quarterback list or ranking in the industry, and securing him his place among the nation's elite.
Over the weekend, Murphy took that stock to yet another level, tearing up the Elite 11 Los Angeles Camp on his way to earning an invite to the Elite 11 Finals later this month.
Suffice it to say, that excitement from Murphy is justified, with the blue-chip recruit leading the Serra Cavaliers to a 4-2 record in his junior campaign, and throwing for 1,261 yards and nine touchdowns in six just games, while completing 55.2-percent of his passes, with four interceptions and an 88.5 quarterback rating.
"I want people to know my love for the game and how excited I am about just getting a sniff of my junior year," Murphy said before the season began. "It's been a crazy time with everything going on, but I've never given up, (never) got side-tracked. I kept my main goal in front of my head and just kept working ... getting stronger, getting faster, getting smarter.''
Behind Murphy's leadership, Serra has also finished in a three-way tie for the top spot in the Mission League with Alemany and Chaminade High School and placing them at No. 30 in the California State rankings.
Murphy, who becomes the 11th Longhorn commit to gain an invite to the Elite 11 Finals, will join former Longhorns commit Quinn Ewers (Ohio State), Walker Howard (LSU), Ty Simpson (Alabama), Connor Weigman (Texas A&M), Cade Klubnik (Clemson), Gavin Wimsatt (Rutgers), Drew Allar (Penn State), Jacurri Brown (Miami), Devin Brown (USC), Nick Evers (Florida), Tayven Jackson (Tennessee), Katin Houser (uncommitted), AJ Swann (Maryland), Zach Pyron (Baylor), and Luther Richesson (uncommitted).
Other Longhorns to make the trip include Hudson Card (2019), Roschon Johnson (2018), Sam Ehlinger (2016), Shane Buechele (2015), Jerrod Heard (2013), Tyrone Swoopes (2012), Garrett Gilbert (2008), Jevan Snead (2005), Vince Young (2001) and Chance Mock (1999).
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