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ASU Football: Byron Murphy spurns Sun Devils, commits to Washington

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ASU only gets two of the three local stars after Arizona's top undecided prospect goes out-of-state.

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When N'Keal Harry committed to the Arizona State Sun Devils, it was a huge recruiting win for the school, keeping the state's top recruit in Arizona after the last two bolted for Texas.

When Chase Lucas committed, it was seen as another building block towards a tremendous in-state recruiting class, leaving Byron Murphy as the lone of the three local stars without a college commitment. Harry, Lucas and Murphy all had previously expressed an interest in playing in college together, and so ASU was thrown right up there with the other favorites for Murphy's collegiate services.

Thursday, Murphy threw all of that out the window and made his committment, picking the Washington Huskies over ASU, USC and Texas A&M. Murphy now becomes the highest-rated recruit for the Huskies 2016 class, boasting a four-star rating and ranking as Rivals' No. 4 recruit at the cornerback position.

It was a surprise commitment, as many recruiting services and fans expected Murphy to complete the trifecta with Harry and Lucas.

Murphy's commitment to Washington makes ASU's secondary situation much more interesting, as it will look to fill three of four starting positions under new secondary coach T.J. Rushing.