Former Texas quarterback Maalik Murphy has committed to transfer to Duke, giving the Blue Devils and first-year coach Manny Diaz a key building block.

Murphy, one of the top quarterbacks in the NCAA transfer portal this offseason, announced his decision on social media Saturday, saying he is “106% Committed.”

Murphy is a 6-foot-5, 238-pound redshirt freshman who brings high-end arm talent to the position. He will be immediately eligible and has three seasons remaining.

ESPN’s No. 250 overall player in the Class of 2022, Murphy is the highest-ranked quarterback and sixth-highest-ranked overall player that Duke football has received a commitment from since ESPN began ranking players in 2006, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Murphy won both of the games he started for Texas this season as a redshirt freshman, beating both BYU and Kansas State. Murphy threw for 477 yards and three touchdowns as he served as Texas’ primary backup behind Quinn Ewers and ahead of freshman Arch Manning.

In speaking to ESPN the night he entered the NCAA transfer portal Dec. 13, Murphy said he prioritized opportunity at his next destination.

“A place where I can play,” he told ESPN last week when asked what he’s looking for in a school. “Continue to get better and continue to be around great people and great players. And just do what’s best for me and my career.”

Duke’s starting job opened when star quarterback Riley Leonard decided to commit to Notre Dame. Leonard entered the NCAA transfer portal soon after coach Mike Elko took the Texas A&M job.

If Murphy returned to Texas, he’d have likely continued to back up Ewers, who has yet to declare he’s returning to Texas in 2024 but that remains the prevailing thought in his circle. Murphy’s decision to transfer means he won’t be with Texas for the College Football Playoff, as he prioritized the opportunity to find a school and secure his future.

“I just want to be in a position where I can play,” Murphy told ESPN last week. “Where I can get a chance to play. I don’t want to be waiting around and see what happens or anything like that. I’d rather kick-start my career while I can.”

That will happen at Duke, as Murphy is expected to enroll in January and immediately compete for the starting job. And his arrival will coincide with the arrival of Diaz, the decorated former Penn State defensive coordinator who previously served as the head coach at Miami.