Per his father Jim, Barnstable high senior offensive/defensive athlete Hayden Murphy has verbally committed to Princeton University.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Murphy was named to ESPN Boston's All-State Team last December after helping navigate the Red Raiders through a tough Division 2 South field en route to the district final. After starting at quarterback in the season-opener, Murphy switched to tailback and carried 154 times for 1,110 yards and 17 touchdowns, including six straight 100-yard games. He also added 19 catches for 269 yards and two scores, occasionally lining up on the perimeter. Defensively, rotating in and out of the box, Murphy recorded 58 tackles, 4.5 sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown.
Murphy will join his former teammate Nick Peabody -- a quarterback, and the 2012 ESPN Boston Offensive Player of the Year -- at Princeton, as well as another Cape Cod-bred former All-Stater, linebacker Luke Catarius of Sandwich and Boston College High.