By: Austin Baker
(Ardrey Kell High School, Student Body President)
CHARLOTTE, nc. --- Kyle Murphy, long snapper from Ardrey Kell High School (Charlotte, North Carolina) has officially committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a preferred walk-on.
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the eighteen-year-old committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while sitting next to Ardrey Kell Head Coach, Adam Hastings and the Head Coach for UNC Chapel Hill, Larry Fedora.
Ranked #1 in the state of North Carolina according to Rubio Long Snapping, the 6'3, 230 pound long snapper has chosen where he will take his future.
Earning the starting spot on the Ardrey Kell Varsity Football team as a long snapper in both his Junior and Senior seasons, Kyle began to prove to coaches that he was capable of playing at the collegiate level. Recruits noticed his motivation, worth-ethic, and dedication to succeed not only on the field, but in the classroom as well; proving himself to be a true, all-around athlete. In addition, most coaches and players would describe Kyle as versatile. Throughout high school, he was introduced to playing right tackle and center. Essentially, the Tar Heels will appreciate the versatility Murphy has to offer.
Before committing to the University of North Carolina, Murphy had several colleges recruiting him, including Tennessee, Appalachian State, North Carolina A&T, Furman, Wofford, and Coastal Carolina. I spoke with Murphy earlier this week and he was excited on his decision to take his future to Chapel Hill. In our conversation, I asked why he chose UNC Chapel Hill over other schools who were interested in him. He explained, "They [Chapel Hill] are a young team and are growing immensely." In addition, he added "It's hard to beat a Carolina education!"
We then discussed a more in-depth analysis on why he chose to attend North Carolina and the pros and cons to being a preferred walk-on. Kyle noted, "Being a walk-on is not what I have intended to become, but it's what I am currently listed as. Of course, I did not choose to be a preferred walk-on, however I do not mind it because when I earn a starting spot and prove myself valuable, I will be awarded a scholarship." Genuine in his responses and humble in his mannerisms, Kyle is a talented student-athlete who has much to look forward to.
Kyle is extremely clear on what he wants to accomplish while attending UNC Chapel Hill. He expects to earn a degree in Business and then plans to carry his knowledge into the workplace where he hopes to work in the upper-tier of a corporation.
At the conclusion of our conversation, he described how thankful he was for the support from his family, coaches, and friends. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a remarkable student-athlete coming their way.
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