Jake Murphy, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound wide receiver from American Fork, Utah, attended the USC camp on Thursday, June 21, and ended up separating his left shoulder. "I was supposed to visit UCLA next week too, but won't be able to because of my shoulder," he said. "I'm going to need to rest it for about three to four weeks."
Murphy already attended camps at Oregon and Arizona State. "I really like my position coach (Eric Yarber) at Arizona State," Murphy said. "He's a great person and I feel I could learn from him. He's really intense, but a good teacher. It was really hot there, but it's a nice place overall."
Murphy has offers from BYU, Stanford and Utah State and says the Cougars lead slightly over Arizona State, Stanford, USC, California and Oregon. "BYU is recruiting me the hardest," he said. "I talk to them regularly and they text me a lot too."
Despite the separated shoulder, Murphy says he enjoyed his time at USC. "I got to meet with Pete Carroll and a lot of the other coaches too," Murphy said. "They all seem like good people and it's an exciting place to play. The told me that they just want to see how my senior season goes. We're scheduled to play Mater Dei in California this season and they said they'd be at that game."
The other camp that Murphy went to was Oregon, but he admits that the Ducks aren't that high on his list anymore. "They've dropped down a little because I haven't been in contact with them much," Murphy said. "I went to their camp and we talked, but that was about it."
Murphy says he plans to take his time before making a decision. "I'm really interested to see how these teams do this year," he said. "I'll follow Arizona State and Stanford because they are both rebuilding and up-and-coming. They have nice coaches and it'll be interesting to see how quickly they can turn things around."
He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 20 ACT, which he will retake and is taking prep classes to prepare.