When superstar Allen quarterback Kyler Murray was named to the Under Armour All-American in football far in advance of his senior season, few blinked an eye. After all, Murray is Mr. Perfect on the football field, compiling a 27-0 career record in leading the Eagles to back-to-back Texas Class 5A state titles. When he was named an Under Armour All-American in baseball, then people really took notice.
That’s not because Murray isn’t a good baseball player. In fact, he’s a great one, and belongs on the field at the UA Game. They took notice because Murray’s hardball selection made him the first ever player to earn Under Armour All-American honors in both football and baseball.
Murray, who has committed to play football for Texas A&M, is considered a lock to attend school in College Station … provided he attends school at all. Close observers of Murray have quietly been saying the biggest threat to his college future at A&M may very well be the 2015 MLB Draft. He would be a consensus first or second round pick, provided the team that selects him is confident that he would actually sign for some amount of money, whatever it is.
There’s no denying that the pull to A&M is strong, based on his father’s roots at the campus; Kevin Murray was a quarterback at A&M under then-coach R.C. Slocum. Yet Murray’s uncle, Calvin Murray, was a baseball superstar at Texas and had a short but successful career with the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball.
So, which sport will it be for Murray? We’ll have to wait a number of months to find out, though it will be intriguing to watch him compete in both Under Armour Games, becoming the first to ever do it in the process. The baseball half of the equation took place on Saturday. While he may not have emerged as the game’s MVP, just being on one of the rosters was some accomplishment for a player who considers baseball his second sport.