Quarterback Kyler Murray is reportedly entering the final stretch of a frenzied recruiting process.
The Texas standout will announce his collegiate commitment May 28, according to ESPN.com's Gerry Hamilton:
The 5'11", 170-pound prospect has enjoyed an illustrious career at Allen High School. Murray remains unbeaten as a starter, claiming two Texas state titles along the way.
His recruitment heated up after a sensational sophomore season that featured more than 3,300 total yards and 42 touchdowns. Scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Texas, Clemson, Texas A&M and Arizona State soon followed.
Cal, TCU and Notre Dame joined the mix by the time he earned his second straight state championship. Oregon, Florida and Auburn have also inserted themselves as teams to consider.
Murray, a 5-star recruit, ranks among the most productive players in the country during the past two seasons. When you pair statistical achievements with his winning pedigree, it's apparent why so many programs are in pursuit of the dual-threat playmaker.
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Murray made a major leap in passing production last fall, attempting 76 more passes than the previous season. Despite a spike in Allen's aerial attack, he still managed to nearly match his rushing totals from 2012.
The poise and patience he displays in the pocket keeps downfield passing plays alive. However, he isn't hesitant to tuck the ball and do damage with his legs when the defensive front begins to apply pressure.
Respected quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr., who tutored 2012 Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel and works with Nike's Elite 11 passing camps, recognizes Murray's abilities beyond the field. He identified the rising senior as a high-character player with leadership skills during a conversation (subscription required) with 247Sports reporter Jeff Tarpley.
He’s got the right kind of temperament that can not just fit into a locker room but can lead it, especially for someone with so much hype and praise. A lot of those kids envision that as a crown and they put it on and it kind of interprets itself in different ways but not with Kyler.
Oregon, Auburn, Clemson and Ohio State figure to emerge as finalist candidates in the coming weeks, but it may be hard to contend with an in-state option. Murray has serious family ties to Texas A&M.
His father, Kevin Murray, earned All-American honors as an Aggies quarterback in the mid-1980s. He departed as the program's all-time winningest quarterback (a record since broken) and was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2012.
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has hosted Murray on campus several times, and the Aggies are viewed as a strong favorite. Experts project Murray to sign with Texas A&M in 98 percent of 247Sports' Crystal Ball predictions.
However, the team signed No. 1 overall 2014 quarterback Kyle Allen in February, so early playing time could be hard to find in College Station. That could open the door for other options.
Murray, rated No. 2 nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks in 247Sports' composite rankings, is just three weeks away from revealing his intentions for the next phase of his football career. Expect each contending team to prepare a final sales pitch in preparation for the announcement.
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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