Nebraska extends offer to 2024 Elkhorn South lineman Ashton Murphy

Ashton Murphy did the heads-up during lunch on Tuesday. Matt Rhule wanted to speak to him.

The news from Nebraska’s coach was good: The Huskers extended a scholarship to the junior from Elkhorn South.

“He explained how they saw my film, was really impressed and just offered,” Murphy said. “I was shocked and really proud.”

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound lineman remains unrated by recruiting services, though that’s likely to change soon as his college prospects go. Murphy had no Division I offers until Northern Iowa — with former Huskers quarterback Joe Ganz on staff — did on Jan. 16. Colorado did the same Sunday. Then the state school on one school day, more could follow.

Murphy said he wants to make his decision no later than August.

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The offers come now after coaches have been able to rate him personally over the past few weeks. He also attended a showcase with Warren Academy last month.

“It’s really interesting,” Murphy said. “It’s been a really happy week.”

Murphy became a full-time starter for the storm at left and defensive tackles last fall en route to a breakout campaign. He made 32 tackles with 28 quarterback pressures, forced two fumbles and recovered two more in under seven games (27 of 44 quarterbacks).

Murphy is the latest in a line of talented Elkhorn South trench players — with 2023 standout Mav Noonan traveling to Nebraska after Storm alum Teddy Prochazka did in the 2021 cycle. Several other Elkhorn South graduates are walk-ons at Lincoln.

“I’m pretty proud of that because a lot of coaches have come to Elkhorn South specifically for our line,” Murphy said. “It’s just nice to be one of those guys.”

Nebraska likes its speed and explosiveness. It projects him on the defensive line – other schools like him on offense, he said – although that could change.

Murphy joins a growing list of 2024 state players offering Husker deals to recipients.

Others include tight end Carter Nelson (Ainsworth), receiver Dae’vonn Hall (Bellevue West), offensive lineman Caleb Pyfrom (Omaha Central), quarterback Daniel Kaelin (Bellevue West), and athletes Caleb Benning (Omaha Westside) and Isaiah McMorris (Bellevue). West). ).

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