Will it be Texas A&M, where his father once played quarterback … or will it be Oregon, where he may be able to start immediately?
That’s what makes today’s announcement so huge. Kyler Murray is a five-star quarterback who has a cannon for an arm, presence and bloodlines and maneuverability in the pocket. He’s not even 6-feet tall, but nobody seems to care at all. He is the real deal, and everybody in the country knows it. His stature is similar to Johnny Manziel’s. He’s 5-foot-11, 170 pounds and a feisty winner, going 27-0 as a starter for Allen (Texas) and winning two state titles. During that span, he has passed for more than 5,000 yards and rushed for 2,500 yards, while accounting for 100 touchdowns.
At 3:45 p.m. ET today, the Texas native will make that decision public. The son of Kevin Murray, who was an Aggie years ago, Murray’s decision will be one of the more fascinating ones of the year. If he goes to Texas A&M, he may end up sitting behind Kyle Allen, who has a chance to start immediately this fall as a true freshman. In that scenario, Murray could redshirt in 2015, putting a 2-year gap between himself and Allen, and who knows? What if Allen rips it up in three seasons and goes pro and Murray only has to sit behind him one year and has three years as the starter in 2017 as a sophomore. But of course he could also end up sitting for three seasons and some quarterbacks don’t handle that well.
Then you have to consider that when Marcus Mariota leaves after this year, Murray could play immediately at Oregon–and the Ducks fit his style like a glove. But that’s a long flight from home and his of course dad didn’t play there.
A truly brutal decision.
By 4 p.m. ET today, we’ll know what the answer is. And around that time if you see a Tweet from Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin that simply states “YESSIR!” … you’ll know the answer.