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Three More Milford High School Student-Athletes Announce College Plans

Posted on: June 1, 2017

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that three more members of its Class of 2017 will continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level. The student-athletes that have committed to continuing their academic and athletic futures include: Jimmy Murphy (Wrestling-Thomas More College), Nick Schaefer (Football-Carleton College) and Tyler Smith (Football-Ohio Northern University).


Murphy enjoyed a decorated career on the mat for the Eagles, capping his four years by advancing to the OHSAA Division I State Tournament as a senior. A two-time first team All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference selection, Murphy leaves Milford with 140 career wins, the most in the history of the Eagles’ wrestling program. Last winter, Murphy won 47 matches, including his second consecutive ECC crown and finished second at both sectionals and districts.


At Thomas More, Murphy will compete for new head coach Jason Russell, who took the reigns of the Saints program in late March. Thomas More finished fourth in the Presidents Athletic Conference and 14th at the Midwest Regionals last season.


Schaefer was a regular on the offensive line for the Eagles during his career. During his senior season, Schaefer helped Milford rank second in the ECC with 235.3 rushing yards per game, while featuring two of the top three runners in the league. In the classroom, Schaefer graduated Summa Cum Laude with a GPA over 4.25 and was a member of the National Honor Society.


Nick is the son of Mark and Shondia Schaefer.


Smith suffered through an injury-plagued senior season that allowed him to appear in just five games. In limited action at quarterback, Smith rushed for 284 yards and passed for 267 yards and a combined seven touchdowns. As a junior, he earned second team All-ECC honors after throwing for nearly 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns and adding 375 yards and seven scores on the ground.


At Ohio Northern, Smith will play for head coach Dean Paul who enters his 14th season at the helm of a program that he has led to 89 victories and national rankings in 11 of his 13 seasons. Smith will also be reunited with former teammate Clay Knecht, Milford’s former four-year starting center. Tyler is the son of Bryan and Toni Smith.


These three commitments bring the total number for the MHS Class of 2017 to 28. Further signee information will be shared throughout the summer as it is finalized.