OU confirms former 5-star QB Kyler Murray has transferred to Sooners

There's BOOM and then there's a big BOOM as OU confirms former five-star quarterback Kyler Murray is transferring to the Sooners

It took a year longer than it first thought it might, but it has happened as Oklahoma confirmed former five-star quarterback recruit Kyler Murray is transferring to the Sooners, beginning the 2016 spring semester.

Murray, who was ranked No. 37 in the Scout 300 for the 2015 class, played in multiple games in 2015 as a true freshman for Texas A&M.

"We're very happy to welcome Kyler to our program, and we look forward to working with him," said OU coach Bob Stoops in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Murray started three games for the Aggies this season and played in eight games. He completed 72 of 121 passes for 686 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 335 yards, averaging more than six yards per carry.

Once Murray announced his intention to transfer from Texas A&M less than two weeks ago, it was clear the Sooners were going to be in the running. Murray developed a great relationship with the Sooners and Stoops during the recruiting process before ultimately deciding to stick with the Aggies.

Murray's skillset seems to be the perfect fit with OU first-year offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley as Riley has helped put the OU offense back in the national spotlight.

As a senior at Allen (Texas) High, Murray threw for 4,713 yards and 54 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,485 yards and 25 more scores.

Murray, when committed to A&M, did take an official visit to Norman last year. It was right around this time last year where speculation ran rampant about the possibility of Murray switching to the Sooners despite OU's shaky 8-5 season.

Murray is the second five-star quarterback to transfer from Texas A&M this month. Before Murray, Kyle Allen, a former five-star quarterback for the 2014 class, also announced his intention to transfer. Like Murray, OU was considered one of the top schools for Allen as well.

With Murray arriving on campus this semester, the OU quarterback room has gotten full in a hurry. OU will have Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas returning, while 2016 four-star quarterback Austin Kendall is set to be a mid-year enrollee and will arrive in Norman in January.

Murray was eligible to transfer to OU but will lose that year of eligibility. He will be a redshirt sophomore for the Sooners when the 2016 season begins. OU also has a 2017 quarterback already in Scout 100 prospect Chris Robison.


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