Pros and Cons of 4-Star QB Kyler Murray's Top Schools
Kyler Murray is a 5-star dual-threat quarterback from Texas who plays for powerhouse Allen High School. Although he lacks ideal size at 5'11" and 170 pounds, Murray makes up for it in other areas.
The Texan is a smart passer who has solid mechanics. Murray consistently delivers accurate strikes to his targets with above-average arm strength, and he also has the mobility to make plays with his legs.
Many schools are after him, but Greg Powers of Scout.com reported in April that Murray has narrowed his list to five finalists. Before he reaches a decision, he will have to look at the pros and cons of each of his top schools.
Murray would get to stay in his native state of Texas by signing with Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are coached by Kliff Kingsbury, who would be able to relate well to Murray because he played quarterback in Lubbock not too long ago.
Kingsbury runs a potent spread offense, and Murray would be able to put up some serious numbers.
The Red Raiders already have a commitment from 5-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Also, Texas Tech is not viewed as an upper-echelon program with national prestige.
Head coach Dabo Swinney and his staff genuinely take care of the players in their program. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris runs a scheme that is friendly to mobile quarterbacks.
The Tigers are supported by great fans in a family-cased community, plus the program resides in a location that allows players to focus on football and academics. Clemson also competes for ACC titles almost every year.
Playing early at Clemson could be tough for Murray, as the Tigers have a future star in true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. Also, Clemson is not close to Texas.
For a dual-threat quarterback, there may be no better offense to play in than the uptempo spread attack run at Oregon. Head coach Mark Helfrich is a former offensive coordinator who is always looking for ways to score more points.
The Ducks have a roster full of outstanding speed and athleticism, and Murray would fit right in. Oregon plays in a loud stadium, plus its facilities are exceptional. Murray would be in position to compete for Pac-12 titles and Rose Bowls throughout his career in Eugene.
Distance could keep Murray away from Oregon, as it is a long way from home. The Ducks also have a couple of young quarterbacks who have a ton of talent, so Murray would not be guaranteed to play early.
Florida annually has one of the most talented rosters in the country. Murray would be surrounded by a lot of fine talent, and the Gators have speed on offense.
New offensive coordinator Kurt Roper will be a breath of fresh air to reignite UF's offense. The Gators compete in the mighty SEC and are supported by passionate fans, and their campus has great facilities. Murray couldn't go wrong by signing with Florida.
Incoming freshman quarterbacks Will Grier and Treon Harris will already have a year in Roper's system under their belts when Murray arrives in Gainesville. That would damper his chances of beating them out for playing time.
Distance from home is another con for Florida here.
Texas A&M gives Murray the rare chance of staying inside his native state and competing in the SEC. The Aggies are led by head coach Kevin Sumlin, who is one of the game's best offensive minds.
Sumlin has stocked the roster with terrific talent and speed, plus the program takes advantage of its great facilities. The fans also come to games in droves.
A lot of points are scored in College Station, and Texas A&M is perhaps the sexiest program among today's recruits. It was also home to Murray's father, Kevin, who once played quarterback for the Aggies, says 247Sports.
Texas A&M could start true freshman quarterback Kyle Allen this fall. That means it's unlikely Murray would start in College Station for at least two seasons when he arrives. Should Murray choose to switch to receiver, the Aggies' stacked depth chart at that position could make it tough for him to get on the field there as well.
Greg Powers of Scout.com wrote on April 15, "He is best categorized as a field surgeon, slicing apart defenses with accurate passes and ball placements."
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