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East Bladen grad Larrell Murchison announced Thursday that he has committed to play football next season at the University of Mississippi.

According to olemiss.247sports.com, Murchison committed less than 24 hours after receiving the scholarship offer from Mississippi. It was the first offer from a Division 1 program for Larrell, and he credited his relationship with newly hired Mississippi defensive line coach Tray Scott as the reason for his decision.

Scott had begun recruiting Murchison when Scott was the defensive line coach for the University of North Carolina. Scott left UNC to take the Mississippi job in late December.

Murchison played the last two seasons at Louisburg College and was a team captain and Honorable Mention All-American this past season as the Hurricanes posted a perfect 9-0 record. Larrell made 41 tackles in 9 games – 29 solo tackles. He had 6 sacks and 18 tackles.

In his senior year at East Bladen, Murchison was a 2-way performer at fullback and defensive tackle, rushing for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns and made 83 tackles – 31 solo – as the Eagles posted a 10-3 record.

“Larrell was a pleasure to coach and a wonderful asset to East Bladen High School,” said East Bladen Coach Robby Priest. “He is a well-mannered, team-first young man with a heart of gold.”

The Rebels recruited the 6-4 290-pounder as a defensive tackle. The Ole Miss defense the past two seasons has become known for their attacking style and has been nicknamed the ‘Land Sharks.’

Even though he has already verbally committed Murchison will still take his official recruiting visit to Mississippi on Jan. 27. He also plans to take official visits to Houston and the University of Texas.

Murchison told olemiss.247sports.com, “I’m still going to take my visits, but I’m an Ole Miss Rebel.” Murchison can not sign his Letter of Intent until National Signing Day on February 5th.

Murchsion is believed to be the first Bladen County football player with an opportunity to play for a Southeastern Conference school.