Kyler Murray: Heart with Texas A&M

ByGerry Hamilton ESPN logo
Friday, January 30, 2015

Gatorade National Player of the Year and No. 1-ranked quarterback Kyler Murray has ended his recruitment and remains committed to Texas A&M.

After a nervous week for the Aggies amid Murray's unofficial visit to theTexas Longhorns nine days ago, a collective fan base and coaching staff can breathe a sigh of relief.

"Texas A&M is where my heart is at," Murray said late Thursday night. "Coach [Charlie] Strong and Texas is a great opportunity, but I felt that A&M was the place for me. Not because of my dad having played there, but just the right place for me."

The finalization for Murray came after a Thursday night in-home visit by Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital.

"It went well," Murray said. "All my questions were answered. I just can't wait to get this all over with and get back to playing ball."

Murray's decision comes three weeks after Texas A&M granted quarterback Kenny Hillhisrelease to transfer to any school of his choice.

Hill was replaced late last season at quarterback by freshmanKyle Allen, who helped the Aggies salvage an 8-5 finish.

Murray will sign his letter of intent to Texas A&M on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET in a ceremony at Allen High.

Murray's father, Kevin, was a two-time All-American at Texas A&M. But Kevin Murray said that mattered little in his son's decision.

"Regardless of whatever decision he was going to make, we are there to support him," Kevin Murray said. "My wife and I are to support him wholeheartedly."

Murray, ranked No. 13 overall in the ESPN 300, capped a 42-0 record as the starting quarterback at Allen High in December with a third straight state championship in Texas' highest classification.

He finished his otherworldly high school career with 10,388 passing yards and 117 touchdowns, along with 4,093 yards rushing and 69 scores.

Murray is also an accomplished baseball player who is projected to be selected as early as the first round in the 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft in June.

In August, he became the first athlete to be selected to play in the Under Armour All-America football and baseball games.

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