Shortly after telling The Clarion-Ledger that he planned to wait “a few days” before making a final decision, Ole Miss commit Larrell Murchison has flipped and signed a letter of intent with NC State.
The three-star defensive tackle was originally set to decide between the Rebels and Georgia on the morning of National Signing Day, but DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell reported that UGA pulled its offer from Murchison on Tuesday night. Sentrell said that Murchison “committed to [Georgia defensive line coach Tracy] Coach Rocker last Thursday while he was here on campus.”
Given that he didn’t just go ahead and sign with Ole Miss after the Bulldogs rescinded their offer, it was clear that Murchison was looking for an opportunity outside of Oxford.
This is a somewhat surprising development given the defender’s close relationship with new Ole Miss D-line coach Tray Scott, who recruited Murchison during his time at North Carolina and convinced Hugh Freeze to extend an offer after being hired in Oxford.
"It was just the relationship I had built with Tray Scott," Murchison told Rebels247 after committing to Ole Miss in early January. "I knew I would follow him anywhere he went. It was how he kept up with me. It was everything he's told me he's done and what he plans to do. It was the relationship."
However, Georgia and Texas came hard after Murchison late in the cycle, and Murchison admitted that he “wasn’t 100 percent” committed during his official visit to Ole Miss last week. At the the time, he expressed concern about the lingering NCAA investigation.
“Coach Freeze explained the investigation to me. He explained it well enough that I know to be smart about this decision,” Murchison told Scout.com. “Just what would be the worst that would happen. The worst thing would probably be a bowl ban, and it’s not likely to happen. That’s the only thing I had a question about, and they answered it. It was all right.”