Murphy Shines At All-Poly Camp

American Fork High School star Jake Murphy was a top performer at the wide receive position at the All-Poly Camp held at Bountiful High School this past week.

While scouting out the 300 participants separated within various position groups out on two separate football fields, it was visibly clear which players had distinguished themselves as top athletes. One was 6-foot-4-inch, 195-pound junior wide receiver Kendric Moeai from Copper Hills High School. The other was 6-foot-4-inch, 215-pound Jake Murphy out of American Fork High School.

"I thought it was a lot of fun," Murphy said. "There were a lot of Polynesian cultural things, and now I have a lot of new friends from Hawaii. I thought it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot from the coaches as well. They had really good coaching here."

Murphy gained a few tips from the camp that he feels he'll be able to apply come next football season at American Fork.

"I think I learned more about intensity," said Murphy. "The coaches kept telling me that I have to earn everything and want it bad enough. That was the main thing I think."

Although Murphy plays both offense and defense for the Cavemen of American Fork, he worked out as a wide receiver during the camp.

"I like defense too, but I think I'm more of an offensive guy," Murphy said. "I like offense more and some coaches have talked to me about playing safety and linebacker, depending on how big I get. Personally, I like receiver so I wanted to get back to working on that again."

BYU was the first to offer Murphy a full-ride scholarship, but he has received more offers since then.

"BYU offered me, along with Stanford," Murphy said. "Utah State offered me and then I just went down to a camp at [Arizona State] and Oregon. Neither of those two schools have offered me but I've been talking to them a lot lately.

"The ASU guys wanted to know about my mission and I told them that I was going to go, so they said they're still trying to work something out because they're new to the whole mission thing. They're going to talk about it with the coaching staff and see if an offer can come.

"Oregon just said they're going to wait until the season begins to watch a game during season. They want to see how I play, I guess, before they decide to offer me a scholarship."

Murphy will be participating in the seven-on-seven drills held during BYU non-padded summer camp. He also favors the Cougars of BYU instate.

"I like BYU a lot and they're my favorite instate school," said Murphy. "Since they were the first to show interest in me, I really respect them for that a lot. I think they know my talents and so I like them for that. I'm going to BYU camp. Well, I'm not going to the padded camp, but our high school is going to the seven-on-seven the following week."

Some of the biggest factors that will help Murphy decide which college he plans on attending revolve around a few points of interest.

"Probably coaching, I think, and my position coach," Murphy said. "Also, I think what position they want me to play. I really like the ASU receivers coach a lot, so my position's coach will really help me decide. I like BYU's a lot too."

Murphy likes the intensity that ASU wide receiver coach Eric Yarber brings to the field. He also likes Coach Yarber's track record of coaching receivers to the next level.

"I really like his intensity," said Murphy. "He coached Terrell Owens and a bunch of Biletnikoff award winners at Oregon State too. He's both intense and a nice guy, so I like him."

Despite not having a scholarship offer from the Sun Devils, Murphy's top out-of-state school is ASU.

"When I went down there [at ASU] I felt really comfortable," said Murphy. "The coaches were really nice and I learned a lot."

Back in Utah, Murphy is being recruited by BYU assistant coach Barry Lamb and feels he has a good relationship with him.

"Coach Lamb is my recruiting coach for this region, so I talk to him the most," Murphy said. "I like him and he's really intense. He coaches linebackers I think, but he's nice and I like him."

So what are Murphy's feelings concerning BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall?

"Oh man, he went to my school out there in American Fork," said Murphy while chuckling. "I like him a lot and he's very intense. He is the kind of coach that makes his players want to do anything they can for him. I really like Coach Mendenhall."

Another point of interest for Murphy is the state of the football program that is recruiting him. He simply doesn't want to be a part of a losing program.

"I'm looking a how a program is doing winning-wise," Murphy said. "BYU is obviously on the rise and I like that. I like [that] they're building a great program over there. I don't want to be a part of a losing team. I really don't want that. So the two main things are the coaching staff and the tradition of the team, a winning team."

Being the son of LDS former Major League Baseball player and two-time MVP Dale Murphy, Jake Murphy is going to take his time on committing to a school of his choice in order to see how things develop with him in the sport of baseball.

"It kind of depends on baseball really," said Murphy. "It depends on if any other schools [are] wanting me to play baseball or not, but I'll probably make a decision either at the end of this summer or maybe at the end of this football season. It will be, at the latest, the end of this football season."

Jake's father Dale has spoken with BYU baseball head coach Vance Law about possibly playing baseball for the Cougars, along with being able to play football.

"My dad has talked with Vance Law about that a little bit," said Murphy. "Bronco Mendenhall has said that it's possible. He said it's going to be very hard, but it's possible if I work really hard for it. Coach Mendenhall mentioned Luke [Ashworth] and how he did that. There are a lot of guys that are doing that now. Guys like Jeff Samardzija from Notre Dame did it, so it's possible, but it is just really hard to do is what they told me."


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