The journey to Oxford was not a normal route. Murchison has three years to play two at the next level.
"Me and my twin brother, Farrell (Murchison), signed with Winston Salem State coming out of high school. We had our GPA, but we didn't have our (ACT/SAT) score. That's how we ended up at Louisburg. We played high school ball at Bladen High School here in North Carolina. I had a really good season this year, and I started hearing from schools like Ole Miss, Texas, Houston, East Carolina and Memphis"
Ole Miss hired former North Carolina defensive line coach Tray Scott, which is what got the ball rolling for the Rebels.
"I've been building a relationship with coach Scott since he was at North Carolina. A few days before they played in their bowl game he called me and told me that he really liked my film. He told me that he was really interested in me. About 30 minutes later a coach from Ole Miss called me. It was coach (Maurice) Harris. He said they just watched my film and were really interested in me. I didn't even figure out what was going on. Then a couple days later I was watching North Carolina in their bowl game. About 30 minutes after the game was over coach Scott called me. He asked me if I wanted to come join him over there at Ole Miss. I was like, man, you got to be kidding. Of course, I'm down. Let's roll and go win a SEC championship."
Murchison has never been to Oxford, though he knows plenty about Ole Miss football.
"Oh, yeah, I've always kept up with Ole Miss. They have been signing players like Robert Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell. Everybody knows about Ole Miss from around here. We watch their games at the dorm and things like that. I saw them beat Alabama twice on TV. I watched them on TV when they played in the Sugar Bowl, too. I just like what (head) coach (Hugh) Freeze is doing with that program. He's a very spiritual guy who treats his players right. They were really close to making it to the playoffs the last two years and then fell back this season. I know they have the makeup to make a run at the championship. I want to come in and be a part of the team that makes it to Atlanta for Ole Miss."
The relationship with coach Scott won out in the end.
"I don't have another relationship like I have with coach Scott. We just have a different bond. He talks to me like I talk to my friends. He's going to develop me. My coach here at Louisburg, coach Tolbert, teaches the same techniques as coach Scott. They learned them from the same person, coach Jenkins down there at LSU. I just feel like coach Scott can develop and prepare me for the NFL."
Ole Miss is not the only school that has come calling. Texas and Houston are in line for official visits.
"Houston, Texas and Memphis have also been on me hard. Texas just called me last night. Coach Oscar Giles (Texas DL coach) told me that he really likes my film. He wants me to come up there the weekend (1/21) before I go up to Ole Miss (1/28). I'm going to get that visit finalized tonight. I'm going to be a Rebel. There's no doubt in my mind about that, but I'm going to take the other visits to see what they have to offer."
Houston has actually been talking to him the longest.
"They started recruiting me a month or two back. They really like me. They want to get me up there on the 14th (of this month), but I don't have a relationship with any of those coaches like I do with coach Scott. That's why I committed to Ole Miss. They don't have the background like Ole Miss has either."
Wherever Murchison ultimately lands, the winning school will be getting a productive player. He had 41 tackles, 17.5 for loss, and 5.5 sacks in nine games for Louisburg College.
"This offseason I worked on three things: Speed (to help me get off of the ball), hand placement and footwork. Those were the three keys to my success. I'm 6-4, 291 and have that dog-like mentality. I love to mix it up in the trenches. I can bring power and speed at my position. I can get you a lot of sacks, especially for a defensive tackle. That's what Ole Miss likes about me. (Ole Miss defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff) told me that he's going to prepare me to become a big time player in the SEC. He's another big reason why I chose Ole Miss. Coach Crime Dog really believes in me as well. He has big plans for me."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org