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Friday, March 15, 2013
QB Murray in elite company with OSU offer

By Damon Sayles

When Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen) picked up his Ohio State offer last week, it was thought to be a huge offer for the sophomore. What Murray didn’t realize until later was exactly how significant the offer was.

Murray is only the third quarterback from the next two recruiting classes -- 2014 and 2015 -- offered by Urban Meyer and the Ohio State staff. Murray joined Watch List quarterback Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) and 2015 quarterback Torrance Gibson (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage).

While he has plenty of time to make a college decision, Murray is relishing the position in which he has put himself. Few players nationally have the opportunity to play for one of college football’s most respected programs in Ohio State.

“It feels good knowing they’re very interested in me,” Murray said. “They only offer elite quarterbacks around the country, so it feels good knowing they’re interested.”

Murray, listed at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, isn’t a big quarterback like Watson or Gibson, but his football IQ and determination makes him seem 7-feet tall on the field. Credit some of that to his training and other parts to his upbringing. Murray is the son of Kevin Murray, who played quarterback at Texas A&M in the 1980s.

Murray led his high school to the Texas Class 5A Division I state title in December and finished the 2012 season with 2,004 passing yards, 1,370 rushing yards, 42 total touchdowns (25 rushing) and only five interceptions.

Keep in mind that Murray split quarterbacking duties with Oliver Pierce during the first five games of the year. His first start was Allen’s first district game against Plano (Texas) East, where he completed 17 of 18 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for two scores in a 56-0 win on Oct. 12.

Some feel Murray’s playmaking ability has some similarities to the Buckeyes’ Braxton Miller. Both are quick athletes who have proven to be leaders for their teams. Miller is one of the reasons why Ohio State intrigues Murray.

“They have a lot of tradition,” Murray said. “Over the years, I’m pretty sure I will learn more about the system, but I like what they do. I like Braxton Miller and Coach Meyer. Braxton Miller definitely gets me interested.

“I grew up watching Coach Meyer when he was at Florida, so I know what he’s all about. Right now, I’m just happy to get the offer, and I’m going to keep working. It’s an honor. I feel like I still need a lot of work, but [the offer] is showing me I’m doing something right.”

In the meanwhile, Murray is focused on helping Allen win a state title in baseball. Murray plays second base for the baseball team, but he said football training is year-round.

“I still try to throw three times a week,” he said, “and I throw with my dad every Sunday or whenever he’s free.”

Murray is being recruited to Ohio State by offensive coordinator Tom Herman. Murray also has a Clemson offer and interest from Texas A&M.