5-star Texas A&M QB recruit Kyler Murray could play baseball instead
The quarterback position has caused lots of consternation in College Station since Johnny Manziel left for the NFL following the 2013 season.
Kenny Hill roared onto the scene with an explosive road win at South Carolina to open the 2014 season, then endured a team-issued suspension and lost his starting job with rumors swirling of off-field concerns, possibly fueled by alcohol. (Hill since has announced his intention to transfer). Enter true freshman Kyle Allen.
Both players flashed at times and appeared shaky in other games, typical of their youth against some tough SEC defenses. Allen demonstrated clear progress by the bowl game and the team is excited about his potential. But five-star QB Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas) was supposed to solidify the Aggies’ future at the position after National Signing Day on Feb. 4.
Murray committed to Texas A&M last May, and despite a perplexing visit to Texas this week, it’s hard to believe he’ll waiver. At least if he decides to become a two-sport collegiate athlete.
Instead of enrolling early and competing with Allen for the starting job this spring, Murray has elected to remain in high school and participate in his senior baseball season. In fact, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday that Murray likely will get offered multiple millions as a signing bonus following June’s MLB draft and could seriously consider playing professional baseball.
“Kyler projects as a first-round pick,” Allen High School baseball coach Paul Coe said, according to the Chronicle. “And the way it’s been going right now — we’re meeting with a lot of baseball clubs, and that projection is pretty strong. There’s a really good chance he could go anywhere from top 15 to top five.”
Last year’s No. 15 overall selection in the MLB draft signed with the Los Angeles Angels for $2.5 million.
The first player ever to compete in the Under Armour All-American football and baseball games, Murray may face a tough choice after the draft, which runs June 8-10.
“That’s going to be for his father and mother and Kyler and his circle of family members to make a decision,” Coe said. “They’re certainly going to have some options on the table.”
If Murray does enroll at A&M in the fall, likely as a redshirt for the 2015 season, he’d enter spring practice behind Allen, who would have two years of eligibility remaining. But he’d be the early favorite to take over the position a few years down the line, if not challenge Allen for the job sooner.
If professional baseball wins out, the Aggies will need to land another touted quarterback from the 2016 class, and instead of three good options competing for the starting job this fall, it will be down to one.