The parade of five-star commitments throughout the off-season continued for the Clemson Tigers on Friday night, as 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end Myles Murphy - the second-rated rising senior player in the nation and the top-rated player in the state of Georgia - declared his intention to join the 2020 class.
Among his final two favorites, he chose Clemson over Auburn.
Murphy, of Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, announced his verbal commitment at halftime of his team's spring game.
According to Barton Simmons, a CBS Sports national college football writer and the director of scouting for 247 Sports, Murphy is a "thicker edge defender with good length but a strong, wide frame that presents positional versatility. Possesses elite combine athleticism. Effective and active chasing down plays from the backside and downfield. Shows the effort and motor to be a major factor in pursuit. Has strong hands and long arms - which he uses effectively to control and shed blockers. Has two-gap ability as a down lineman.
"When he wants/is asked to, displays elite get-off as an edge rusher. Raw as an edge pass rusher and is more of a linear athlete that projects best as a 3-4 defensive end but could play in any system. Power five impact starter that has the tools to develop into a first- or second-round draft pick."
With the commitment of Murphy, the Tigers extended their first-place lead in 247's class rankings to 12.22 points over second-place LSU. Clemson now sports an impressive 285.84 class score, and could be shaping up for the program's first nationally top-ranked recruiting class in school history.
The commitment of Murphy gives the Tigers five 5-star commitments, tied with Alabama, LSU and Georgia for the most such talented commitments in the 2020 recruiting cycle.