The “YESSIR” Tweet was deafening. Kyler Murray went with his heart.
Texas A&M fans rejoiced, and coach Kevin Sumlin released his cryptic and sort-of-vague “YESSIR!” Tweet shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, just moments after Murray went public with his decision. For the second straight year, the Aggies have an elite five-star QB on board–and they have a legacy this time in Murray, whose father Kevin Murray starred at the school in the mid 1980s. Oregon was clearly the runner up.
Gregory Little, the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation for 2016–and a huge Aggies’ target as well–is Murray’s high school teammate. And he protects Murray’s blindside on the offensive line.
“I think that’s a great choice for my QB, he is a great guy,” Little told Saturday Down South. “He’s a game changer.”
Fellow 2015 commitment and offensive lineman Connor Lanfear agreed.
“Big things are happening at Texas A&M,” Lanfear told Saturday Down South. “People are taking notice … and I can’t wait to block for him.”
Murray is the nation’s No. 23 overall prospect, one 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.
Murray’s decision seemed to be one of the more perplexing ones of the year. Yes, he’s a legacy, but if he goes to Texas A&M, he may end up sitting behind 2014 five-star QB signee 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 beginning 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 left after this year, Murray could start immediately at Oregon–and the Ducks’ offense fits his style like a glove. But that’s a long flight from home and his of course dad didn’t play there. In the end, that was the deal maker.
Kyler’s father Kevin came to Texas A&M from Dallas in 1983, and immediately made his presence known. He was named the Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year that season, throwing for 1,544 yards and 14 TDs, but then went down to injury as a sophomore in 1984. He came back in 1985 to throw for nearly 2,500 yards–which was a school single-season record at the time. He was a second-team All-America and the Cotton Bowl offensive MVP. He finished his Aggie career 25-6-1 and declared for the NFL Draft as a junior, but didn’t get drafted. He had free-agent deals with San Francisco and the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, but retired because of injuries.
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