Good news doesn’t come at 11 p.m., and so was the case Thursday for the Texas Longhorns.
Five-star quarterback Kyler Murray tweeted that he has rebuffed Texas and is remaining committed to Texas A&M.
Following my heart… #GigEmAdvertisement
— Kyler Murray (@K1) January 30, 2015
A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital didn’t exactly take the news in stride, mocking the Aggies’ in-state rival and stealing Strong’s signature #Letsride hashtag.
— Jake Spavital (@JakeSpavital) January 30, 2015
Earlier in the evening, Spavital accompanied Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin on a visit to Murray’s home to check in on the nation’s top-rated dual-threat quarterback. Obviously, whatever they said was the right thing. It appears that Texas coach Charlie Strong won’t get a chance for a rebuttal, nor will he go through with his in-home visit that was scheduled for Friday.
In an interview Thursday with ESPN, Murray said that “Texas A&M is where my heart is at. “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.”
Texas has now been burned by two quarterbacks in six days — one that it had, Zach Gentry, who flipped his commitment to Michigan, and Murray, who sent Longhorn fans into hysteria when he made a surprise visit to Texas last week. In the end, it all amounted to a tease, as Murray, who was 43-0 at Allen, decided to honor his commitment to the Aggies and follow along the path blazed by his father, former Aggies quarterback great Kevin Murray.
After missing out on Murray, Texas will place an even greater emphasis on flipping Florida State quarterback commit Kai Locksley, who took an official visit to Texas last weekend. Strong is expected to visit Locksley at his Baltimore home on Friday. If that effort is unsuccessful, Texas could move grayshirt Matthew Merrick to the 2015 class from the 2016 class.
It remains to be seen what effect, if any, Murray’s decision to stick with A&M will have on other elite prospects in the state. The top-rated player at running back (Soso Jamabo), wide receiver (DaMarkus Lodge) and defensive tackle (Daylon Mack) each recently visited Texas, but one-time Aggies commits Lodge and Mack could end up joining Murray at A&M. Jamabo will choose between Texas and UCLA.
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