Virginia linebacker Shawn Murphy places Ohio State in top 5

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Manassas (Va.) Unity Reed four-star linebacker Shawn murphy included Ohio State in its top five on Saturday night alongside Alabama, Florida, LSU and Penn State.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Murphy – who is considered the sixth-best linebacker and No. 61 overall prospect in the class of 2022 – has been a long-time target for the Buckeyes, landing an offer from the head coach . Ryan day and linebacker coach Al Washington after an unofficial visit in April 2019.

He was supposed to make a return trip the following spring with his teammate and eventual signatory of the four-star Ohio State defensive tackle. Tyleik williams, but that was eventually put on hold due to the pandemic and the corresponding dead period.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes secured engagements from a linebacker trio in Kettering, Ohio, five-star Archbishop Alter. CJ Hicks; Marysville, Ohio, four stars Gabe Powers; and Bloomington (Ind.) South four stars Dasan mccullough, which effectively left Murphy outside to look inside. However, McCullough’s turnaround to Indiana in late April left the door open for Murphy to once again find his way back into the classroom.

Much of what happens from here depends on Murphy, who has seen his recruiting rank plummet over the past year due to less than stellar camp performances. He could have made an unofficial visit to Columbus last month to train for the coaching staff and prove himself worthy of that last place, but instead visited the Crimson Tide, Gators, Tigers and a handful of others.

Of course, there will be a brief evaluation period at the end of July. But unless Murphy makes the trip then, he’s highly unlikely to end up with the Buckeyes, as the staff seem to be content to fill McCullough’s place with a pair of securities that can fill the “Bullet” position. in Las Vegas Bishop Gorman four stars Branch of Zion and Altoona (Iowa) Southeast Polk four stars Xavier Nwankpa.

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