OTTAWA LAKE – Logan Murphy, the all-time leading rusher in Whiteford history, signed a letter of intent to play football next season at Siena Heights University.
Murphy was surrounded by family, friends and school officials in a ceremony held inside the Whiteford gym.
Siena Heights is coming off a 7-3 season in which they set a school record for wins and were in the national rankings for most of the season.
Murphy is Whiteford’s all-time leading rusher and helped the Bobcats to a state championship in 2017. He was the Region Offensive Player of the Year last season and finished his career with 3,794 yards rushing and 53 touchdowns.
“We are really excited about Logan,” said Siena Heights University head coach Matt Kohn. “When we look at a recruit, he checks everything off the list we are looking for – he comes from a championship program, dedicated to football, great player in high school and he’s ready to come in as a student athlete.”
Murphy started in the Bobcat backfield for three seasons, helping the Bobcats win three Tri-County Conference championships and make two Division 8 state championship games. He earned conference, region and All-State honors along the way and was inducted into the Whiteford High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Murphy rushed for a school-record 1,873 yards as a junior and 1,217 as a senior. His 3,794 career rushing yards shattered the previous Bobcat record held by Jesse Kiefer (3,327 yards). He finished with more than 4,100 yards of total offense.
SHU had more than 250 potential athletes visit the campus this fall on recruiting trips but ultimately signed just over 50 for the upcoming season. The Saints play in the Mid States Football Association, one of the toughest conferences in NAIA college football. Three of the past four national champions came out of the MSFA. A streak of seven straight seasons in which an MSFA team reached the national championship game ended last fall.