Decision primer
Decision primer
2014-05-27 00:00:00

Which school will land highly touted Allen QB Kyler Murray?

 By EJ Holland
 DCTF Associate Editor
   

Wednesday is the day Kyler Murray makes one school very happy.

The star Allen quarterback is one of the top recruits in the nation and perhaps the most electrifying quarterback in the state. Murray has drawn comparisons to Johnny Manziel for his elusiveness and ability to make something out of nothing.

And he’s a winner. Murray has led powerhouse Allen to back-to-back state titles and is looking for a third as a senior. Last season, he put up absurd numbers as he passed for 3,669 yards, rushed for 1,274 yards and scored 65 total touchdowns.

Murray was expected to announce his decision earlier this month but stated that he needed more time. He originally named a top five of Clemson, Florida, Oregon, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. But Auburn has likely replaced Texas Tech since the Red Raiders landed Stephenville’s Jarrett Stidham.

Here is a breakdown of the likelihood that Murray sides with each respective program.

The Favorite

Texas A&M- All signs point to Murray picking the Aggies. Why? Well, there is that whole family connection. Murray’s father, Kevin, starred for Texas A&M in the 80s and left College Station as the all-time leading touchdown passer. You have to think the elder Murray is pushing his son towards his Alma matter. It seems like the perfect fit, but it might not be. Southlake Carroll great Kenny Hill is only a sophomore and is expected to take over as the starter this year. Kyle Allen is probably going to be the back up, and he was one of the top overall quarterbacks in the 2014 class. If Murray is fine with waiting or trying to compete with Allen and Hill, then he’ll commit to Texas A&M. If he’s not, he could very well look elsewhere.

Next In Line

Clemson- Murray has a strong relationship with Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, and late rumors are flying around that the Tigers are a close second to Texas A&M. Morris has left quite the impression on Texas kids, and his ties to the Lone Star State are strong — he coached at Lake Travis and Stephenville. The concern here is even though Tahj Boyd is gone, the Tigers brought in the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2014 class in DeShaun Watson. There have also been no reports of Murray visiting Clemson. 

Oregon- Oregon and Murray just seems like a match made in heaven. Can you imagine Murray in that offense? Wow! Murray made a visit to Eugene in mid-April, and he said even though it was far, it felt like home. The situation also seems like a good one if Murray wants to be the man right away, which we can assume he does. Marcus Maiota is gone after this season, and Murray should be able to at the very least compete with a group of unproven quarterbacks. Don’t be surprised if Murray becomes a Duck. 

The Darkhorse

Auburn- The Tigers crashed the party a little late. Murray said he wanted to take a visit to Auburn before making his decision, but that did not end up happening. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, however, did visit him at school last week. Nick Marshall will graduate after this year, so the situation is good. But Auburn is still on the outside looking in.

Long Shot

Florida- The Gators are coming off a down year and are in desperate need of a quarterback, so Murray would have a chance to be the best quarterback Florida has seen since Tim Tebow. And while Murray would love to play in arguably the toughest conference in the country, Auburn and Texas A&M just seem to have more steam.

Prediction: Murray follows in his father’s footsteps and commits to Texas A&M. 


EJ Holland is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.

He can be reached via e-mail or on the DCTF Facebook page.

 


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