Two Tar Heel signees took to Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Thursday night to participate in the Under Armour All-American Game, one of the most prestigious high school all-star games each offseason. 4✮ WDE Desmond Evans and 4✮ SDE Myles Murphy were members of Team Pressure that was coached by former NFL star Deion Sanders. Let’s take a look at how the two performed down in Orlando this week.
There was definitely some buzz around Evans entering the game with the fact that he is the No. 2 overall player in the ESPN 300, but he wasn’t able to jump off the page like some thought he would in the week of practice. That carried over into a quiet game for Evans on Thursday night, outside of his lone tackles, a sack where he was able to a nice finesse move to get into the backfield and drop the athletic Haynes King for a loss. While he may not have had the best week down in Orlando, he impressed many with his length and athleticism. This week showed more than anything that adding size to his frame will be the focus for the staff when he arrives, something that is needed for him to be able to succeed at the highest level.
Of the two, Murphy was the standout this week, opening some eyes from his 4i and 5-tech defensive end spots. Against some of the best interior offensive linemen in the country, Murphy’s quickness of the line caused some issues and while he may not have been mentioned as much some of the other defensive linemen in attendance, he still had a nice week for himself. He carried that over into Thursday night’s game, where he was able to finish with two total tackles and led team pressure with two quarterback hurries. Overall, it was a solid week for Murphy, who, like Evans, will have to wait to get on campus until the summer.