Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Mike Norvell and the Florida State Seminoles have added another former Alabama Crimson Tide player to the roster. This time, it’s at a crucial position of need.
Linebacker Shawn Murphy is trading crimson for garnet.
Murphy is a 6’2”, 225 pound redshirt sophomore originally from Manassas, Virginia. He was a consensus four-star prospect in 2022 and ranked as the No. 72 overall prospect in the nation by 247Sports Composite (6th best linebacker and 2nd best player in Virginia).
Back then, Murphy chose Alabama over 45 other offers from the top programs in the country. He unofficially visited FSU in the summer of 2021 but FSU couldn’t get further traction with him afterwards.
Murphy played in 18 games over two season in Tuscaloosa, primarily contributing on special teams due to Alabama’s stacked linebacker unit. The sample size is not yet big enough to project how he’ll do this coming season, but all the tools are there for coach Randy Shannon to develop him into a contributor as he learns the playbook.
From his 247 bio as a recruit:
Has build to play inside linebacker. Can add thickness throughout frame and play at 235 pounds. Hard-working with inner drive. Plays with chip on shoulder. Physical, menacing player in the box. Shows suddenness to get to ball carrier. Plugs gaps with ferocity. Devastating hitter between the tackles. At his best when playing downhill. Sifts through garbage at line of scrimmage to locate ball carrier. Shows stack-and-shed ability. Relentless in his pursuit. Physical superiority shows at high school level. Excellent run blitzer. Verified testing of plus 4.8 in 40 brings speed questions. Has to continue to work on hip flexibility and lower body looseness to aid in change of direction. Has to work on coverage skills, including opening his hips and depth drop.
From his Bama bio:
Contributed on special teams while also recording reps on defense ... totaled three tackles in 13 games of action. Middle Tennessee: Recorded one tackle in the season opener. USF: Saw time against the Bulls. Ole Miss: Worked on defense and special teams in the SEC opener. Mississippi State: Earned snaps on special teams against the Bulldogs. Texas A&M: Saw time on special teams. Arkansas: Contributed to the Tide’s special teams efforts. Tennessee:Worked on special teams against the Vols. LSU: Saw time in the top-15 matchup. Kentucky: Recorded reps on defense and special teams in Lexington. Chattanooga:Totaled two tackles on defense against the Mocs. Auburn: Contributed on special teams in the Iron Bowl. Georgia: Saw time on special teams against the Bulldogs. Michigan: Continued his work on special teams in the Rose Bowl.
Earned time in five games as a freshman ... finished with two total tackles and a pass breakup. ULM: Saw his first career minutes at the Capstone ... finished with one tackle on special teams. Vanderbilt: Entered on special teams before seeing time on defense against the Commodores. Austin Peay: Rotated in at linebacker in the Tide’s final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Auburn:Earned snaps on defense and special teams in the Iron Bowl. Kansas State: Worked on special teams while earning extended minutes at linebacker ... finished with one tackle and a pass breakup against the Wildcats.
High School and Personal Data
A four-star linebacker by all major outlets ... the top-ranked inside linebacker by ESPN.com ... Rivals’ second-ranked linebacker ... the No. 36 recruit on the ESPN300, the second-ranked player from his home state and the No. 3 overall recruit in the East Region by the site ... No. 48 prospect on the Rivals250 and the No. 3 player from Virginia ... the No. 23 recruit on PrepStar’s Top 150 Dream Team, the outlet’s third-ranked linebacker and second-ranked player in the state of Virginia ... the No. 62 recruit in the On3 Consensus ... listed as the No. 6 inside backer and No. 71 recruit in the country on the 247Composite ... On3 ranked him as the No. 116 player on the On300 rankings ... the No. 141 prospect nationally and No. 12 linebacker by 247Sports while also being tabbed the site’s No. 3 player in Virginia ... tallied 113 tackles, including 20 for loss and six sacks, to go with a pair of interceptions as a senior ... selected as the 2021 Butkus Award winner for high school ... also earned a spot in the Under Armour All-America Game and All-American Bowl ... coached by Carroll Walker at Unity Reed High School ... signed with the Crimson Tide over Florida, LSU, Ohio State and Penn State.