Dawson County High School student and multi-sport athlete Nick Murphy signed last week to play Division III football next fall with Mount St. Joseph University in front of friends and family in the school's media center.
"Nick, has been by far, not only a leader, but what I would call a multi-task type athlete for us," said Head Football Coach Sid Maxwell. "Because no matter what we needed, Nick could do it. He had absolutely no limitations."
Murphy played football and soccer throughout his career as a Tiger, but football is where is heart is.
"Football is my first love. It was always football. I told her freshman year I wanted to play college football," Murphy said. "It is a dream come true."
Murphy's success had some in both sports and within football, he proved to be exceptionally versatile on the field.
"He was incredibly important to me," said Offensive Coordinator Andy LeBlanc. "It gave me great peace of mind knowing he could play three to four different positions for us. That is someone that is very valuable to have on our team."
As a wide receiver he was second on the team in receiving yards with 434 last year and 18.1 yards per reception. He was also tied for first with touchdown receptions at seven.
"Nick played three different positions for me on offense and also punted and was a backup kicker," LeBlanc said.
He is now counting on the opportunity to make an immediate impact on a Lions' program that is on the rise.
"Their football program is really good. They finished second in the conference three years in a row. They are on the verge of being No. 1," Murphy said.
A two-year starter for the varsity soccer program, Head Coach Jed Lacey called him one of the best athletes to have been at DCHS.
"Nick is one of the hardest working athletes I have ever been around," Lacey said. "I had the luxury of coaching him in soccer and football and I got to see this kid grow from a boy to a man."
His goal is to some way be connected with a sports organization even after he ends his collegiate career.
Murphy has plans to study sports management and already has an internship lined up.
Mount St. Joseph's offers internship programs with both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds and Murphy will begin his paid internship as a freshman.
"It's awesome they have internships with two teams like that," he said.
Despite the distance, his parents-Laura and Vince-say they will make as many trips as they can to see him play.
"I was trying to keep him 2-3 hours from home, but everybody that was looking at him was 6-10 hours away so we compromised with the 6-7 hours away," Laura said. "We are proud of him."
"I just want to thank the organization here at Dawson," said Vince Murphy. "They mentored him for four years. They made him a young man, along with us.
Undaunted by venturing to a new place, Murphy said he just needs to adapt to the climate.
"You need any sweaters or warm jackets, I have got plenty of them," LeBlanc said.