Steve Sarkisian got his guy.
After 5-star Southlake Carroll quarterback prospect Quinn Ewers committed and subsequently de-committed from Texas, there were a lot of question marks as to what direction Texas would go regarding the quarterback position for the class of 2022. The Longhorns found their answer and his name is Maalik Murphy.
Murphy is a 6’4.5 225-pound quarterback from Gardena, California. The Junipero Serra quarterback is a top-30 ranked player nationally and is a five-star prospect via the 247Sports Composite. Murphy is the second-ranked pro-style quarterback in the class of 2022 and overall the fourth-ranked player in the state of California.
Essentially every school in the nation has been knocking on Murphy’s door. He holds offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, and UCLA, among others.
Prior to Murphy’s commitment, Texas possessed the 14th ranked class for 2022 via the 247Sports Composite. With Texas now adding the 30th ranked player in the class and a top-tier quarterback, things are looking stronger and stronger for what will be Steve Sarkisian's first full recruiting class.
Today is a special day for Murphy as not only does he announce his commitment, but he’s doing so on his birthday. Today is also a bright day for Texas fans as they have their quarterback of the future.
Name: Maalik Murphy
City, State: Gardena, California
High School: Junipero Serra
Three Best Traits
Can make any throw on the field - Murphy has a cannon for an arm... it's as simple as that. He can literally make any throw on the field and can already sling it 70-yards if need be. He can throw the ball from one side of the field to the other and he can squeeze it within two defenders. He is a magician with the football. Murphy has elite arm strength along with elite arm accuracy and has every tool you could want in a quarterback.
Great size - Murphy stands at nearly 6’5 and 225-pounds. He possesses the ideal size of a starting quarterback in a power-five conference. Murphy is still only a junior so there’s a chance he grows into his body a little more. Even if he doesn’t, he’s already where you would like to see a future quarterback in terms of size.
Unbelievable poise in the pocket - Murphy is listed as a pro-style quarterback and it shows on film. He has unbelievable poise in the pocket, even when it’s collapsing around him. Many quarterbacks, when they sense a little bit of pressure, turn to scramble mode. While there’s nothing wrong with that, and Murphy can move if he wants to, he’s elite at sitting back and delivering a great ball even with defenders draped around him. It’s a rare quality to see in someone so young and so raw at the position.
Areas for Improvement
Mobility - Murphy has great pocket awareness, but is he a threat to tuck the ball in and pick up the first down with his legs? Maybe, but it’s not his go-to. He has the mobility to be that kind of quarterback, he just hasn’t shown it yet. He’s much more likely to scramble and try and deliver a dart down the field.
More reps - Unfortunately due to COVID-19, Murphy hasn’t had a chance to show off any junior film highlights. California pushed back the high school football season until March, which is when Murphy will truly show off his talent. Overall, he lacks the production you would like to see from someone with two years left in high school. Last year in limited reps as a sophomore, Murphy completed 26 of his 58 passes for 305 yards with two interceptions.
Murphy is a raw talent whose ceiling is through the roof. He is a big strong kid with a rocket arm and great touch. He has some of the best pocket poise you’ll see from high school level talent and he can make any throw on the field. The big question for Murphy is in March when he takes the field again as the starter for his junior year, can he put all the tools together in game-time situations? If he can, then Texas has a star in the making.
Steve Sarkisian should be elated by this news. There’s not much more you would want from a quarterback prospect like Murphy. Murphy will join four-star commits Jaydon Blue, Jaylon Guilbeau, and Armani Winfield as commits in the 2022 Class. Today is a big day for everyone involved, as Sarkisian is building what appears to be a powerhouse class of commits.