January 27, 2008
Four-star athlete to check out Colorado?
Jake Murphy has been verbally committed to BYU since early July. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound athlete from American Fork (Utah) High is still leaning towards signing with the Cougars but another program has come into the picture just days before signing day.
"I was actually supposed to visit Colorado this weekend but I play basketball and we ended up having some unexpected basketball practices so I had to cancel the visit," he explained. "I am going to try to go down there sometime this week for an official visit.
"I already took a trip to BYU. Pretty much right now I am just looking at BYU and Colorado. Just those two schools. I'm still committed to BYU, Colorado hasn't even officially offered me. I am just talking to them and seeing what is out there."
Murphy took his visit to BYU in December.
"I like the fact that BYU is close to home," he said. "I really like everything that they have to offer. I like their coaches and the players are real cool. Even the recruits that I hung out with while I was on my official visit are great."
Coach Barry Lamb and Coach Patrick Higgins stopped by from the Cougars' staff for an in-home visit recently, and head coach Bronco Mendenhall is scheduled to stop by on Sunday evening.
What are Murphy's impressions of the Buffaloes?
"I just like what they are trying to build at Colorado under Coach Dan Hawkins," he said. "They are in a good conference and they are getting a lot of good players. They look like a rebuilding program on the rise. I think it would just be fun to factor into that."
Murphy played in a run oriented offense at American Fork, but when given opportunities as a pass catcher, he shined. Murphy caught 44 passes for 853 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall as a senior.
Murphy is a Rivals.com four-star prospect. He is the third ranked recruit from the Beehive State.
Colleges have recruited him as an athlete. "I could play wide receiver, tight end, linebacker or safety," Murphy said. "It just kind of depends on what they need and what is best at the time."
His father Dale Murphy played baseball in the Major Leagues from 1976-1993. He hit 398 career home runs and was named Major League Baseball's Most Valuable Player twice in '82 and '83.
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