Byron Murphy of Scottsdale, Ariz., becomes the third four-star cornerback to commit to the Huskies for the Class of 2016. Huskies miss out on another four-star cornerback when David Long announces commitment to Michigan.

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This is turning out to be quite the recruiting class for the Huskies’ already-stacked defensive secondary.

Byron Murphy became the third four-star cornerback recruit to join this Washington class when he announced his commitment to the Huskies on Thursday afternoon.

Murphy, out of Saguaro High in Scottsdale, Ariz., chose UW over Arizona State, USC and Texas A&M among others.

Rivals.com ranks him as the nation’s No. 40 overall prospect, making him the top-rated recruit ever to commit to UW coach Chris Petersen.

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Murphy, listed at 6-feet, 170 pounds, is rated as the nation’s 97th overall prospect by 247sports.com and 111th by Scout.com. He was also a standout receiver for Saguaro, posting 88 catches for 1,733 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. On defense, he had 52 tackles and seven interceptions.

Murphy, the nephew of former NBA point guard Mike Bibby, told the Arizona Republic that UW coaches plan to design some plays for him on offense. They’ve agreed to let him play basketball at UW, too.

Murphy was named the state’s Division II player of the year by the Arizona Republic. The Huskies have already signed another one of Arizona’s top recruits in this class, quarterback Daniel Bridge-Gadd, named Arizona’s Gatorade player of the year. Bridge-Gadd began classes at UW earlier this month.

Murphy started at left corner for the West team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game earlier this month and had an interception in the game.

Jimmy Lake, UW’s defensive backs coach who was promoted to co-defensive coordinator last month, was Murphy’s primary recruiter.

“Coach Lake and Byron really clicked. They formed a tight bond beyond football. He has a lot of trust in him,” Saguaro coach Jason Mohns told the Republic. “I think at the end of the day, when it came time to figure out what was best for Byron and his future, he felt Washington was the place, because of the academic programs they have in place.”

The Huskies, who had Pac-12’s top defense in 2015, already had commitments from four-star cornerbacks Isaiah Gilchrist (Bellevue HS) and Kentrell Love (Corona, Calif.) for this class.

Thursday afternoon, another four-star recruit — David Long of Los Angeles’ Loyola High School — is set to announce his commitment during a broadcast on ESPNU at 3 p.m. PT. Long has said he will choose between UW and Michigan.

UPDATE: Long chose Michigan over UW during his announcement on ESPNU.

HUSKIES’ 2016 RECRUITING CLASS

OFFENSE
Daniel Bridge-Gadd, QB, 6-3, 195, Paradise Valley HS, Phoenix, Ariz.*
Sean McGrew, RB, 5-7, 175, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.
Aaron Fuller, WR, 5-10, 170, Lovejoy HS, Allen, Texas
Jacob Kizer, TE, 6-5, 235, West Salem HS, Salem, Ore.
Nick Harris, OL, 6-1, 275, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Luke Wattenberg, OL, 6-5, 275, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

DEFENSE
Levi Onwuzurike, DE, 6-3, 248, Allen HS, Allen, Texas
Amandre Williams, DE, 6-3, 225, Tahoma HS, Covington
Camilo Eifler, OLB, 6-2, 219, Bishop O’Dowd HS, Oakland, Calif.
Brandon Wellington, OLB, 6-0, 217, Eastside Catholic HS, Sammamish
Isaiah Gilchrist, CB, 5-11, 190, Bellevue HS, Bellevue
Kentrell Love, CB, 6-2, 175, Centennial HS, Corona, Calif.
Byron Murphy, CB, 6-0, 170, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Taylor Rapp, S, 6-0, 200, Sehome HS, Bellingham*

SPECIALIST
Van Soderberg, K/P, 6-0, 200, Capital HS, Olympia

*enrolled at UW earlier this month

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