Dubuque Senior High School's Jayme Murphy provides an interesting mix of ability and toughness to get the job done from his runningback and safety spots. Standing 5' 11" and weighing in at 195 pounds, Murphy runs a 4.5 40 yard dash and is complimented by a 300 pound bench press, a 475 pound squat and a 280 pound clean. He carries a 3.6 GPA in the classroom and took the ACT in eighth grade scoring a 22 on his first try. During the first game of his junior campaign, he broke the school rushing record with 286 yards.
After three games, he recorded 372 yards on 57 carries for six touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown. On special teams, he netted a 92 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 79 yard kickoff return to boot. He was named First team All-Conference, Conference Player of The Year and Second-Team All-State. He currently has no offers but claims interest in Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State. He plans to camp at Iowa, Wisconsin and Iowa State and cites his strengths as his mental toughness and his ability to play both ways all year.
Growing up, Jayme had quite the affinity for a home state favorite. I grew up as a Hawkeye fan. I had a preference for Iowa when I was a ball boy for high school because my uncle was a coach. The first year I was a bellboy, our tailback went to Iowa," he said. Murphy is still a pretty big Hawkeye fan, but is not letting that effect the recruiting process. Nebraska has been sure to send Jayme quite a bit of information on the school itself. "(Nebraska sends) mostly informational pieces. I've gotten handwritten letters from Iowa and Iowa State," he said. As far as what schools are looking at him for, it's been one position primarily. "I'm mainly being looked at as an athlete but what I've been hearing is that schools are looking at me as more of a strong safety," he said.
Speaking with Murphy about some big factors that will go into his collegiate decision, he said, "As I'm looking at schools around here, academics, of course, is going to play a big part but many schools around here are good about that. I want to go into a winning program and go to some bowl games. The schools around here are coming around really quick so no problem there either. I really want to look into strength and conditioning a lot, I want to get into a really good one." Murphy will be visiting Nebraska's Junior Day this weekend and has already been to Iowa and Iowa State. He said he would definitely like to visit Iowa and Wisconsin with his official visits.
Jayme admits that while he did grow up a Hawkeye fan, he let his sight slip across the state line on occasion. "I used to watch NU when I was little all the time I remember Lawrence Phillips and Eric Crouch, so I like the Cornhuskers. The Big XII, that is one good football conference, I'd love to play in the Big XII. I know Nebraska is a school that is up and coming big time and also I really like their S&C program, I've looked up stuff and know they pioneered the off-season workout plan; they know what they're doing there," he said.