Winning Ways

Winning Ways

Jake Murphy already attended the BYU Junior Day and says they want him as a wide receiver. "BYU was the first school to offer me (in March)," Murphy said. "I like that it's close to home and that all my family could come see me play. I also know a few guys on the team already, so that's nice too. They had a great season last year and it looks like they are back to their winning ways..."

Jake Murphy, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound wide receiver from American Fork (Utah), finished his junior season with 30 receptions for 530 yards and eight touchdowns.

"I can run the fade and go up and get the ball well," Murphy said. "I have a good height advantage over most guys and can go across the middle too. I'm not afraid to be physical.

"I still want to improve my quickness, especially my side-to-side movement," he said. "I run a 4.7 40, which I'd like to get down as well."

Murphy says he can bench 260 pounds and squats 425. He has a 33-inch vertical jump as well.

He says he currently has offers from BYU, Stanford and Utah State, and favors the Cougars. "BYU has a slight lead over Stanford, California, Oregon and Arizona State," Murphy said.

"BYU was the first school to offer me (in March)," Murphy said. "I like that it's close to home and that all my family could come see me play. I also know a few guys on the team already, so that's nice too. They had a great season last year and it looks like they are back to their winning ways."

Murphy already attended the Cougar Junior Day and says they want him as a wide receiver. "Everybody seems to be recruiting me for either wide receiver or tight end."

Although he didn't get a chance to go to any other junior day, Murphy did go to the Stanford spring game. "I really like their coaches," he said. "They came by my school earlier this week and I liked them a lot. Coach Jim Harbaugh (new head coach) and Lance Anderson (defensive line coach) were both at my practice. Coach Anderson is also LDS (Latter Day Saint) and we can relate well. Coach Harbaugh just seems like a great energetic guy. He's the type of coach that I could see myself playing for."

As mentioned above, Murphy is Mormon, and plans on taking his mission. "Both the Stanford and BYU coaches know that I want to take my mission and they are fine with it," Murphy said.

"California and Oregon are both recruiting me though," he said. "I love the Pac-10 and they are both BCS-quality teams every year. Cal talked with my coaches and we sent them some film. They said they really like my hands and see me playing tight end.

"I haven't had as much contact with Oregon, except they do send a lot of letters."

Despite living in Utah, Murphy admits that he used to follow USC. "I'm a big fan, but I haven't had much contact from them.

In addition to football, Murphy is also a top-flight baseball prospect. "I'd like to do both sports and both Stanford and BYU said that I could," Murphy said. "But if someone like Cal or Oregon offered me, then I would only do football."

Murphy plays shortstop and is also being recruited for third base. He has a .450 batting average with two home runs and 25 RBIs.

His dad is former baseball great Dale Murphy, who won back-to-back National League MVP honors in 1982 and 1983. "He doesn't pressure me at all as far as which sport to play," he said. "He's just happy that I have the opportunities that I do."

The Murphy's are a truly talented athletic family, as Jake's older brother, Shawn Murphy, plays offensive line for Utah State. "He took a different route and played at Dixie Junior College first, but he still gives me a lot of advice.

"I just want to be comfortable with the atmosphere and all the players and coaches," he said. "I'm gonna go through the whole process and wait until after my senior season."

Murphy reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 20 ACT, which he is retaking in June. "I need a 24 or 25 on my ACT for Stanford," Murphy said. "I got the official offer letter from them and everything, but they said that if I decided to go there that I'd have to get my grades up. I might take a few AP classes next year to boost my GPA a bit."

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