For the 2nd year in a row, Coach Sumlin and staff hit the jackpot with the top quarterback recruit on their board. Last year, it was 5-star pocket passer Kyle Allen who could very well earn the starting job this season. This year it is Aggie-legacy Kyler Murray. His size, speed, and knack for being a human highlight reel have led people to draw comparisons of him to Johnny Manziel.
Kyler has been a fast riser in all the rankings and is as high as #9 in the nation according to 247 sports. Furthermore, he is the #1 dual-threat quarterback nationally as well as the top overall recruit from Texas. Kyler is 5’11” 170lbs. and runs a 4.52 second 40 yard dash. He is currently wrapping up his junior year and will be a senior at Allen High School next fall.
In 2012, Kyler transferred from Lewisville to Allen serving as the backup to then senior quarterback Oliver Pierce. Following a heartbreaking overtime loss to Coppell on September 28th, the coaches gave Kyler the starting job while moving Pierce to wide receiver. The tough decision paid off as Murray won the final 11 games (including playoffs) and delivered Allen High School’s first state title since 2008. Over the 2012 season and with limited playing time, Kyler accounted for 2,004 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,370 yards and 25 touchdowns. Once he took over the starting spot, Allen High School outscored its opponents 523 to 220 including huge playoff wins over state powers Skyline and Desoto. Kyler Murray took the high school football world by storm and even earned himself SportsDay’s Newcomer of the Year.
“Coming into this year we’re going to have a target on our backs, of course,” Murray said. “I think that’s what everybody wants. You’re at Allen, you want those big games. You want to play the Skylines, the DeSotos, the Southlakes.”
Kyler was far from finished though. During his junior season, he threw for 3,669 yards and 46 touchdowns with only 9 interceptions. This was good for an average of 232 yards per game, a completion percentage of 0.654, and a QB rating of 132. In addition the dual-threat quarterback rushed for 1,274 yards and 19 touchdowns. Not to be outdone, Kyler Murray led his team to another Class 5A Division I title where they crushed their opponent Pearland 63-28. In that championship game, Kyler threw 4 touchdown passes and ran for another. Following the game, he was named Offensive MVP and he celebrated with teammates on their perfect 16-0 season. That day, Allen High School accumulated 670 yards of total offense and averaged 12 yards per play. And following the game his coach Tom Westerberg had high praise for his quarterback,
“The bigger the stage, the better he plays, and tonight was the biggest stage you can get in high school football in Texas.”
A&M is landing an incredible player and one with deep Aggie roots. His father, Kevin Murray, was a standout quarterback for A&M during the 1980’s. As a result, Kyler has been a heavy Aggie lean from day 1. The fact that A&M is down to only 2 scholarship quarterbacks makes him the biggest recruit of Sumlin’s 2015 class. This is a huge step in the right direction to filling the roster back up with scholarship quarterbacks. And with either Kyle Allen or Kenny Hill winning the starting job in 2014, look for Kyler to redshirt his first year and provide some eligibility separation between him and the other young quarterbacks.
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