Texas A&M Football Recruiting: No. 1 dual-threat QB Kyler Murray commits to Aggies

Nov 2, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; General view of Kyle Field before a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the UTEP Miners. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; General view of Kyle Field before a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the UTEP Miners. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas. Allen) committed to Texas A&M at a Wednesday afternoon announcement at his high school, giving the Aggies the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

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The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Murray is a five-star recruit and the No. 23 player in the nation and the No. 4 prospect in the state of Texas per the Composite Rankings.

Murray has thrived at the highest level of competition in the talent-rich state of Texas and led Allen to state titles each of the past two seasons while eliciting comparisons to Johnny Manziel for his playmaking ability with the ball in his hands and their similar stature.

However, it’s another 5-11 quarterback that Murray compares to as a passer and that’s Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson.

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  • Murray plays much larger than his size would dictate as he has one of the strongest arms in the country and gets good leverage on his throws to prevent balls from being batted down at the line of scrimmage.

    Much like Wilson, Murray has a great feel for the pocket and that sixth sense that all great quarterbacks have allows him to sense the pressure form the blindside and manipulate the pocket with his feet while keeping his eyes on the receivers downfield rather than simply scrambling at the first sign of duress.

    When Murray tucks and runs, the comparisons to Manziel ring true as he weaves in ant out of traffic like a slot receiver or a running back who can “get skinny” and find the tiniest crease and accelerate through the hole for big yardage.

    At this stage, Murray is a much more advanced prospect than Manziel was, but he will be linked to him throughout his senior season and during his career at Texas A&M, and that’s not a bad thing, but it comes with a great deal of pressure, and Murray has been no stranger to thriving under pressure.

    With the addition of Kyle Allen in last year’s class and Murray in this year’s class, the Aggies have added the No. 1 pocket passer in 2014 and the No. 1 dual-threat in 2015. Let’s call that the Manziel-effect as quarterbacks are salivating at the prospect of taking snaps for Kevin Sumlin’s squad.

    The 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas will compete at The Opening this summer along with several other highly-ranked recruits. Murray passed for 3,669 yards and 46 touchdowns to nine interceptions and rushed 151 times for 1,274 yards and 19 touchdowns en route to leading Allen to a second straight state title.

    With the addition of Murray, the Aggies now own the No. 5 class in the country and the No. 3 class in the SEC.

    Murray is the son of former A&M quarterback Kevin Murray who was with the team from 1983-1986 and led the SWC in passing yards in 1985 and 1986 and in passing touchdowns in the 1983, 1985 and 1986 seasons.