Tampa quarterback Aaron Murray committed to the Bulldogs today at a press conference at his high school. He joins Oconee County quarterback Zach Mettenberger as the Bulldogs' two committed signal callers for the Class of 2009.
After Mettenberger's commitment earlier in the year the Bulldogs maintained that they were planning on signing two quarterbacks for this season. Murray and recent Rutgers commit Tom Savage were the targets. The Bulldogs had to beat out SEC rival Florida for Murray – many see this commitment as a bit of a recruiting surprise. Most in the industry thought Murray would naturally pick his home state school because of his style of play and the short distance from his home, but he dismissed that.
"I get that all the time," Murray said. "But it's not quite that simple. I've been playing football one year. I am not sure what sort of system I would be best in. There's nothing written saying I have to be in that offense. I may like the pocket in college more."
Murray is considered one of the top quarterbacks in Florida. Earlier this month he named the Most Valuable Player of the Scout.com 7-on7 Tournament in Tampa. Scout.com recruiting analyst Mike Bakas was impressed with Murray's day in Tampa.
"He looked awesome from start to finish. His accuracy, his deep ball, his touch, his competitiveness – everything," Bakas said. "He was an absolute joy to watch out there and it's no surprise that it was Murray who led his team to the championship of the whole event."
A busy traveler, the rising senior toured as many as ten schools last year. He eventually narrowed his list to a modest three schools – Georgia, Florida and UCLA – and visited all in a seven-day period earlier this month. The momentum, according to insiders, swung in Georgia's favor for good after Murray didn't commit to Florida during the Gators' spring game.
Murray is considered a four-star prospect. Scout.com considers him the #8 quarterback in the country. He ended his season last year at Tampa's Plant High School with 4,012 yards whole going 201 of 329. He had a touchdown to interception ratio of 51 to 7. 2008 will be Murray's second season at quarterback – as a sophomore he played safety. Murray plans on graduating early in order to take part in spring practices.