The Heels hosted a major recruiting in Chapel Hill this weekend where the bulk of the remaining 2019 targets took their official visits. While Saturday may not have produced an on-site commitment, the 2019 class added their newest member on Sunday.
2019 3✮ OG Ty Murray has flipped his commitment from Louisville following his visit to Chapel Hill yesterday. Murray committed to then-Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino and his back in October, but decided against early enrollment after Petrino was fired. Murray emerged publicly as a late signing period target earlier this week after Inside Carolina reported that Mack Brown and his staff were in search of a center to add to the 2019 class. Murray was added to this weekends list of visitors and the established connection with new Tar Heel wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway clearly paid dividends. New offensive line coach Stacy Searels clearly made a good impression on Murray, as well.
Murray, who just finished his four-year varsity career with Carrollton High School in Carrollton, GA has the size necessary to play immediately on the interior of the offensive line and he has the ability to play every spot on the offensive line, including that center position that Mack Brown was wanting. At 6’4 and 300 lbs., Murray is still athletic and he shows that a few times on tape. Combine that athleticism with Murray’s mauler mentality on the inside and you have a solid offensive lineman that will be joining the Heels this fall. Murray is a reckless run blocker who put defensive tackle after defensive tackle on the ground with his forcible first punch and upper body strength. Murray looks like a solid pass protector on tape, but was seen primarily in run blocking situations, where his leg strength and low pad level allowed him to consistently win battles in the trenches. Murray will have a chance to make an early impact if he can come in in the fall and pick up the blocking scheme quickly.
With Murray’s commitment, the Heels 2019 class moves up from 39th to 36th overall but remains 7th in the ACC. This is only the start of what should be a frantic race to February 6th.