Murphy Receives Second Offer

Jake Murphy has a famous dad in former major leaguer Dale Murphy, but as his son, Jake is looking to blaze his own trail on either the football field or the baseball diamond. So far Murphy is getting a lot of early looks from both BYU and Utah, along with a handful of Pac-10 schools, and has recently received his second football scholarship.

"Stanford offered me about three days before I attended their spring game," said Jake Murphy. "I was excited to have them offer. I like Stanford a lot."

Murphy, who is a 6-feet-5-inch, 215-pound receiver and linebacker recruit from American Fork, Utah, now holds offers from BYU and Stanford. He is also receiving attention from the likes of Oregon, Oregon State, Boise State, Cal and Utah.

"BYU and Stanford are my favorites right now," said Murphy. "They're the two schools who have offered me, so they're at the top of my list. If I had other offers both schools would probably still be my top two. I like both schools a lot."

As mentioned, Murphy recently returned from an unofficial visit to Stanford, and came away very impressed with the school and the football program there.

"I really like the coaches there," said Murphy. "It was my first time at Stanford and I was impressed. It's a great campus and the facilities are great. The academics at Stanford are obviously among the best in the country, so that's something I really like as well."

Murphy plans on going on an LDS mission right after he graduates from high school. Stanford is well aware of his mission plans and is willing to work with them.

"That's a big thing with me," said Murphy. "Stanford knows that I'm serving a mission and they're cool with it. I like that a lot."

Murphy's first offer came from BYU and he mentioned BYU as a school he'll have a tough time turning down when it comes time to make his final decision.

"I love BYU as well," said Murphy. "I really like their coaching staff. Coach Mendenhall is someone I respect a lot. BYU is obviously close to home, which I like, and they're my church school. They have a very good environment."

Murphy is also close to a few of the current and future players on BYU's roster, including cornerback recruit Rhen Brown, who is currently serving a mission.

"I know Rhen pretty well," said Murphy. "He's going to be very good. He didn't get a chance to show much his senior year, but he's very fast and a great player. I'd like to play with him at BYU."

Murphy plays both sides of the ball in high school and while no school has specifically recruited him for one specific position, Murphy states that he'd like to stay on the offensive side of the ball.

"I like offense, but I'll play defense if that's where the school I sign with thinks I'll be best," said Murphy. "I like playing both sides of the ball, so it's not that big of an issue, although I do prefer playing receiver."

Unlike most top-shelf high school football prospects, Murphy's future at the collegiate level may not lay exclusively on the football field. Being the son of baseball great Dale Murphy, he also excels on the baseball diamond and may opt for a future playing baseball.

"I don't know which sport I'll play for sure right now," said Murphy. "I'll probably decide after this next football season ends. I like playing football more; it's more intense and more fun for me. Baseball is more casual and I'll just have to decide between the two."

For now Murphy is continuing with his development in both sports and will be active this coming summer, attending camps and improving his overall skills. Murphy recently returned from a camp at Lake Travis, Texas, where he worked on his receiving skills.

"We didn't run the forty or test in other areas," said Murphy. "It was a place where we just worked on our skills. I liked it a lot and felt that I did well there."

This summer, Murphy plans to attend the Nike combine at Stanford, and he is also currently registered to attend BYU's full-padded camp.

"I'm excited for this summer to work on my game," said Murphy. "I also want to take unofficial trips to the other schools that are interested in me like Cal and Oregon. I want to see all the schools up close so I can better make a decision."

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