Kyle Murphy, a five-star offensive tackle from San Clemente High School in Southern California, will decide between the USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal on National Signing Day 2012. Murphy, ranked No. 19 by Rivals, is the third-highest rated offensive lineman by Rivals.
Murphy will decide between the two Pac-12 schools at 1:45 p.m. PST. Stanford is the favorite, but could be swayed by immediate playing time, wrote Bud Elliott of SB Nation:
It's that expectation of early playing time, no matter how unrealistic, that has been important to Murphy throughout his recruitment. Whichever coach can downplay Murphy's need to get a lot bigger and stronger, perhaps via redshirt year, and present a compelling case for why Murphy is likely to play a lot as a freshman, is likely to gain his signature.
The 6'7", 275-pound lineman would add to impressive class of offensive linemen for Lane Kiffin and the Trojans. USC has received commitments from Zach Banner, Max Tuerk, and Jordan Simmons to date. All looking to fill the void left by junior All-American left tackle Matt Kalil, who decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
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