Written by Corbett Smith
MLB draft might be the biggest hurdle in getting Allen QB Kyler Murray to Texas A&M
Texas A&M fans are understandably excited about Wednesday's decision by Allen QB Kyler Murray to sign with the Aggies next February.
But there's some doubt as to whether Murray will ever make it to College Station.
The junior is also a tremendous baseball talent, and could be drafted very high in the 2015 MLB first-year player draft. Many of his football skills translate on the diamond; he's a smooth fielder, with a strong arm, gobs of speed and good power. Playing second base for Allen, Murray hit .432, with eight home runs, 31 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases in the 2014 regular season. Remember: while Kyler's father, Kevin Murray, was a star at Texas A&M as a quarterback, his uncle, Calvin Murray, was an all-American baseball player at Texas who played six seasons in the majors. Calvin Murray was a first-round pick twice, in 1989 by Cleveland (he didn't sign) and in 1992 by San Francisco.
Allen baseball coach Paul Coe said that Kyler is projected as a first- or second-round pick. I've talked with another high school coach this week who said that a MLB scout told him that he believed Murray could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, with a team trying to make it financially unfeasible for a college-football career to make sense at that point. Murray could sign a pro baseball contract, and then come back to play college football at a later time, like current Cowboys back-up QB Brandon Weeden. Weeden was a 2nd round pick by the Yankees out of high school, playing five years in the minor leagues before attending Oklahoma State.
Murray said Wednesday that he hasn't decided whether to enroll early at Texas A&M (which would prevent him from playing HS baseball as a senior), nor is he certain if he'll try to play two sports in college.