Murchison visited Ole Miss officially over the weekend. The trip was an important one. Murchison picked up offers from Texas and Georgia, among others, just this month. The Rebels needed a good showing, and apparently they put their best foot forward.
“Went great. I had fun. It showed me a lot of things,” Murchison said. “They definitely put a lot of things in perspective that I had questions about. That answered all my questions. That’s all I needed to know.”
Murchison said he was most concerned about the ongoing, and seemingly never-ending, NCAA investigation into the Ole Miss football program. Murchison was satisfied with the answers provided by Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze.
“Coach Freeze explained the investigation to me. He explained it well enough that I know to be smart about this decision,” he said. “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.”
Murchison said he’s still committed to Ole Miss, though he’s “not quite 100 percent.”
“My mind as I’m leaving is Ole Miss is still up in the race,” he said. “You’ve got Ole Miss and Georgia. I’m still going to take things into perspective, and I’ll have my decision on Monday. Texas is out.
“I’m way more solid now. I’ve just got to talk to some more people, talk to my coach back home at Louisburg, and he’ll put things in perspective also. Coach Freeze basically cleared everything up.”
Murchison said he’ll come to a final decision Monday, but he will likely hold off on announcing his choice publicly until signing day. “I’ll put something on Twitter and put it out there for everybody to know,” he said.
Murchison was accompanied on his visit by his brother, Farrell, a running back for Louisburg.
“He’s trying to get on,” he said. “Right now, they’re still evaluating film and hopefully they can get him in and we can both come here.”
Ole Miss is hammering home the opportunity for Murchison to come in and push for significant minutes as a three-technique defensive tackle. Murchison had 41 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in nine games last season.
“How everybody’s together and my place that I could fit,” Murchison said of what he liked most about Ole Miss. “How I vibed with the team and where I would be playing, the depth chart. How I would come in and be one of those guys on the depth chart like Breeland Speaks. I like him. I like all them. Everything was cool.”
Georgia poses a real threat to the Rebels, however.
“Georgia, same thing,” he said. “Where I would fit. I would be as the only 280-pounder on the defensive line. They need that to run sideline to sideline, and the area, it’s five hours from home. It’s a great fit period.”