Oklahoma football got an early Christmas present with the signing of Texas A&M quarterback transfer Kyler Murray.
Any concern that Sooner fans might have had about the immediate future of the Oklahoma quarterback situation amid the transfer announcement last week by Trevor Knight was answered on Christmas eve when former five-star recruit Murray declared he was trading in his Aggie jersey for one bearing the crimson color of the Sooners.Nov 7, 2015; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs with the ball during the third quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Kyle Field. The Tigers defeated the Aggies 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Murray, a five-star recruit coming out of high school, was one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks in the national class of 2015 and the top-rated dual-threat quarterback. Oklahoma was one of the schools who were after the high school star while he played at Allen (Texas) High School along with archrival Texas.
Murray started three games for Texas A&M this season and played in eight as a freshman. He completed 60 percent of his pass attempts for 686 yards and rushed for an additional 335 yards. He threw five touchdown passes but also had seven passes intercepted.
As a senior in high school, Murray threw for 4,713 yards and 54 touchdowns and he ran for 1,485 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns. He was named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year his final year in high school.
Murray signed a financial aid agreement with Oklahoma and will become part of the OU football program in the spring of 2016. He will have to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer rules. He will be eligible to play beginning in the 2017 season. That works out well for the Sooners with Baker Mayfield having another year of eligibility remaining after this season.
The Sooners also have quarterback commitments for their 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes. Austin Kendall, who is out of North Carolina, has committed to the Sooners’ 2016 recruiting class.
It is interesting to note that Texas A&M is one of the schools that Trevor Knight is considering to complete his collegiate career.