COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City stand-out football player Jared Murphy has been tossing around the pigskin with his dad and brothers for as long as he can remember.
His senior year at Columbia City is far from the end of his football career.
Murphy will be making the change from an Eagle to a RedHawk, as he recently verbally committed to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Miami is a Div. I school that belongs to the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) along with Ball State and Northern Illinois.
“I can only verbally commit right now,” Murphy said. “I can’t sign my actual letter of intent until 2013 (according to NCAA rules).”
Murphy said after visiting several schools, Miami felt like a good fit.
“I’d been there three times. It just felt like the right place,” Murphy said. “I like the coaches a lot, they made me feel like family. The campus was awesome. It just felt right.”
Typically, three or four MAC teams make bowl games and there are a few nationally televised games a year. The school is less than three hours away from Columbia City.
Murphy will be playing an inside slot back for the RedHawks after a stand-out season as receiver for Columbia City. Murphy recorded 58 catches for 752 receiving yards and six touchdowns for the Eagles.
He also had 1,400 all-purpose yards for 14 total TDs. On the defensive end he had 60 tackles and four interceptions at defensive back. Murphy was all over the field last season, as defensive back, receiver, kick returns, punt returns and a wildcat quarterback.
Murphy was the first player at Columbia City to receiver all-state honors. He also was named to the all-state team his junior year.
Murphy has been competing with a 7-on-7 team out of Fort Wayne this summer, which is playing in Florida today for the national tournament.
The team, sponsored by AWP, athletes with purpose, a training facility out of Fort Wayne, has players from Bishop Luers, Homestead, Hamilton Southeastern and Bishop Dwenger.
The team won the midwest qualifier, beating the team that won the national title last year. Though Murphy was hopeful for a national title, he said the competition will be tough.
“There’s going to be 32 teams from across the nation at nationals,” Murphy said. “Including a team from California with a lot of players who are committed to USC.”
Earlier in the 7-on-7 season, Murphy was named MVP of two tournaments, Toledo and the IMG Madden Detroit tourney.