Four football Friars put names to letters of intent

Photo by Preston Patton
Photo by Preston Patton

The newest early signing period instituted by the NCAA saw four members of the Friar football program take advantage and sign letters of intent.

All four student-athletes – Jack Bradley, Gabriel Murphy, Grayson Murphy, and Warren Walls – signed with FBS (DI) programs and all four will continue their careers here in the Lone Star State.

Walls – a two-time All-State performer – won't be going far, signing with Southern Methodist University to help improve a Mustang defense that surrendered 35 points per game during a 5-7 campaign under head coach Sonny Dykes.

Walls racked up 32.5 sacks and 76.5 tackles for loss during his three-year varsity career.

The Murphy duo signed with the University of North Texas and will head to Denton to join a program coming off a 9-4 season that ended with a trip to the New Mexico Bowl.

Each has received All-State recognition for the past two seasons. During a three-year varsity career, Grayson piled up 314 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, eight interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and five recoveries, as well as four defensive touchdowns. Gabriel put together three-year numbers of 229 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, five recoveries, and three fumbles forced.

Bradley will head south to Houston after signing with Rice University. He'll join an Owls program that finished just 2-11 this season and averaged below 20 points per game, offensively. 

Bradley's pass-catching abilities should provide Rice with a much-needed boost. In his three seasons at Bishop Lynch, he caught 56 passes for 956 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 17 yards per reception. Bradley was a three-time All-District honoree.

All four were members of Bishop Lynch's 2016 state championship team and went 29-11 in their three seasons, including 9-2 in the postseason, three trips to the Final Four and two trips to the state title game.