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5-Star DE Myles Murphy Signs Letter of Intent

Clemson beat out Auburn and UGA for the top Defensive End in the country

College Football Playoff National Championship - Alabama versus Clemson Photo by Nhat V. Meyer/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

One of the most talented prospects in the entire 2020 class has signed with Clemson. 5-star DE Myles Murphy opted for the Tigers back in May, as Clemson beat out both Auburn and UGA for his services. You can read my thoughts on Murphy here, however, he’s gotten even better throughout his Senior season. While he battled an ankle injury early in the season, he still managed to improve upon the athletic freak, and elite pass rusher that he was as a Junior. Back when I initially wrote my scouting report, I said Murphy could eventually reach 290 pounds or more. I no longer anticipate him getting that big, however, we should all still expect that Strong-side frame with the ability to grow beyond 265 pounds.

Murphy has #1 overall pro draft traits with a 4.65 40 and 4.28 shuttle times, and it will be interesting to see how quickly he is able to see the field at Clemson. It’s fair to expect him to be in at least the 2-deep, and he’s honestly talented enough to see the field before that. He is absurdly quick at his size, and can move like an outside LB despite being over 260 pounds. Myles will need to continue to re-shape his body, as well as continue refining pass-rushing technique, and becoming a more consistent defender at the point of attack (the last one is really nitpicking). None of these critiques are major concerns, as Murphy is an extremely intelligent prospect that not only fits the Clemson culture, but also has the motivation of a player who wants to fulfill their potential.

Murphy is arguably my favorite prospect of the 2020 class for many reasons, and I expect him to have a huge college career before exiting Clemson as a 1st or 2nd round pick. He’s currently rated 3rd on 24/7’s composite rankings, and it is difficult to envision him finishing much lower than that. Murphy’s SR highlights are found here.

QT’s Take

What a beast. Myles Murphy is why we are spoiled as Clemson fans.

Strongside defensive end. I see Cle Ferrell level potential and impact. Can play both the run and the pass (agree with Tommy that one of the few spots for improvement will be learning to set a consistent edge in run support). Murphy was coveted by everyone in the country. He was the top defensive end prospect and Clemson pulled him out of the state of Georgia. Continues to refine pass rush moves, but plays with a rare combination of speed and power.

Oh, and his recruitment had zero drama. Enjoy this guy for the next three years folks.