Texas A&M Recruiting: Why the Aggies Must Sign Kyler Murray

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2014

Allen quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs upfield past Pearland Marlon Walls (28) in the first half during a UIL Class 5A Division I high school football championship game on Saturday Dec. 21, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
Matt Strasen

The Texas A&M football coaches have signed consecutive top 10 recruiting classes. In order to sign a successful class in 2015, Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies coaches have to sign quarterback Kyler Murray from Allen, Texas. 

Murray is the No. 2 ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country, according to 247sports.com. The 5'11", 170-pound athlete has led Allen High School to the 5A station championship two years in a row.

He won consecutive state titles at the highest level of play in the state that arguably features the best quality of high school football in the country. Murray has already become a Texas High School legend.

He will attempt to add to his legacy in 2015 as the Allen Eagles will try for a three-peat. In the meantime, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Clemson and Oregon will compete for his services.


Shades of Manziel

Murray's style of play reminds followers of Texas high school football and college football of Johnny Manziel. They were both docked as recruits in high school because of their lack of ideal size.

Murray is a more polished passer than Manziel was at the same stage in his career. Both were threats through the air and on the ground, and put up video game-like numbers in high school.

As a senior at Kerrville-Tivy High School in 2010, Manziel scored 76 total touchdowns. As a junior in 2013, Murray scored 65 total touchdowns. Murray passed for 46 touchdowns as a junior, while Manziel passed for 45 touchdowns as a senior in high school.

Both possess the uncanny ability to turn a broken play into a touchdown and to come up big when the pressure is the highest. With eight minutes left in the game, Murray brought Allen back from 15 down to Desoto High School in the 2013 playoff semifinals. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another to turn a 35-20 deficit into a 42-35 victory.

Both were dual-sport stars in high school. Manziel and Murray both excelled in baseball at the high school level. Murray is among the Dallas-area leaders in 2014 with a .451 batting average and seven home runs. He has become a complete player on the baseball diamond who wants to play both sports in college. 


Legacy of Greatness

An argument can be made that Murray is not even the best quarterback in his family. His father, Kevin Murray, led Texas A&M to Southwest Conference titles in 1985 and 1986. He set conference records for passing yardage and touchdown passes during his career in Aggieland. 

Kevin Murray was also a star baseball player in high school. He spent a year playing in the minor leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers organization before enrolling at A&M. 

Murray's uncle, Calvin Murray, was a two-time first-round MLB draft pick who played collegiate baseball at Texas and in the big leagues with the San Francisco Giants. 

Murray's cousin, Devin Duvernay, is a star wide receiver at Sachse (Texas) High School. Duvernay is a sophomore in high school who already has scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Baylor and Oregon State.

He is one of the top sprinters in the state who has turned in a 10.48 in the 100 and a 21.7 in the 200 during the 2014 track season. He will likely be one of the highest recruited receivers in the nation in 2016. 

Murray comes from a family of talented athletes but may be the most celebrated of the group. He enters his senior season of high school with more state title rings than anyone else in his family.


A Must-Have Recruit

Murray is a recruit that Sumlin and his staff simply have to land. He is an Aggies legacy and the closest thing to Johnny Football that can be found at the high school level. The Aggies need to sign him, even if he eventually ends up deciding to play professional baseball. 

Landing Murray will extend the recruiting momentum that Sumlin has brought to Aggieland ever since he took the job in December of 2011. It would mark the third straight season that Sumlin will have landed a top quarterback recruit after signing Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen in 2013 and 2014. 

If Murray went to another school in the state of Texas and starred at quarterback, not only would it mean that Aggies lost out on a legacy, it would also be a boost to the overall profile of that program in the state. 

The Aggies must land Murray to continue their momentum as a program. Sumlin and A&M has a reputation of producing explosive offenses that feature explosive playmakers. The Aggies cannot afford to let, quite possibly, the top offensive playmaker in the country sign with another program.