5 Reasons 5-Star QB Kyler Murray Will Sign with Texas A&M
Kyler Murray is a 5-star quarterback from Texas who plays for Allen High School. At 5'11" and 170 pounds, he is an accurate passer with above-average arm strength to all levels of the field.
He is also a mobile passer who can elude rushers in the pocket. He has no issues attacking the edges on rolls and sprints to make good throws on the run. Many of the nation's best programs are after Murray, but 247Sports shows Texas A&M as one of his favorites.
The Aggies will eventually land Murray, and here are five reasons why.
Texas A&M has a lot going for itself as a program. Great facilities are available to the players, and there's more tradition surrounding the Aggies than many realize.
Fans support the team with an overwhelming amount of passion and intensity, which creates a unique atmosphere at home games. The Aggies also receive a lot of attention because they're a sexy program right now.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin is beloved by his players, and he has a talented staff of coaches around him.
Another small plus is that Texas A&M competes in the SEC, which is the closest conference to the NFL in college football.
It's no secret how well Texas A&M has recruited in recent years. The Aggies signed the nation's No. 9 class in 2013, which included talented receivers such as Ricky Seals-Jones, JaQuay Williams, Kyrion Parker and Laquvionte Gonzalez.
In 2014, Texas A&M's class was ranked No. 5 in the country. Elite receivers such as Speedy Noil and Frank Iheanacho are among the top players in the group.
The Aggies are on pace to sign another excellent class in 2015, with 5-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack leading the way. With all the talent in College Station, Texas A&M figures to win a lot of games in the coming seasons, which should entice Murray.
As a dual-threat quarterback, Murray needs to sign with a school that runs an offense that plays to his strengths.
Texas A&M operates mainly in a shotgun-spread offense, with spread-option principles sprinkled in if the quarterback is mobile.
Murray could produce some serious numbers as a passer and runner in Texas A&M's offense. Kevin Sumlin and his staff would easily take advantage of his accuracy and athleticism in College Station.
Proximity to Home
Murray plays for Allen High School in Texas, which is close to Dallas. Signing with Texas A&M would keep him relatively close to home, as College Station isn't too far away.
Per Google Maps, the driving distance between the two cities is just over three hours.
That means Murray's family could make the short trip to see him play, plus it wouldn't be too big of a hassle for him to go home whenever he wanted.
Father's Alma Mater
Murray is the son of Kevin Murray, who played quarterback for Texas A&M from 1983 to 1986, according to Mike Graham of The Dallas Morning News.
Murray's family connection doesn't solely push the Aggies over the top, but it's never a bad thing in recruiting when a prospect's father played for a nearby top program. Many fathers would love to see their sons play at the same school they attended.
Graham wrote on Jan. 30: "Texas A&M has the family edge. Murray’s father, Kevin Murray, played for the Aggies from 1983 through 1986 before a brief professional career and becoming a quarterback’s coach, but Kevin Murray has taken a hands off approach when it comes to Kyler Murray’s recruitment."
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.