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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.

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Murphy, of Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, announced his verbal commitment at halftime of his team's spring game.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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