Christmas came with a splash for Oklahoma as former five-star quarterback Kyler Murray was confirmed to be transferring to the Sooners on Christmas Eve.
Murray was one of the top overall prospects for the 2015 class and showed signs of what makes him so special at times last season with Texas A&M.
A falling out between Murray and the Aggies coaching staff led to him leaving College Station and now finding a home in Norman.
What does it all mean? Sooners Illustrated readers have questions. We’ll try to provide the answers.
When is Murray eligible?
Will still double-check regarding any potential baseball eligibility, but as of now, Murray would be eligible to play for OU’s football team during the 2017 season.
Murray will have to sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules but that will act like a redshirt season since he played as a true freshman.
He was allowed to transfer to the Sooners because A&M didn’t restrict him from doing so. He was unable to transfer to SEC schools and any potential A&M regular season opponents.
He will be a redshirt sophomore and have three years of eligibility left. He can be on scout team next season much like Baker Mayfield did in 2014.
Will this affect the commitments of Austin Kendall, Chris Robison?
Right now all you can say is to be determined. Kendall is someone we’re going to find out a lot sooner than Robison, obviously.
A mid-year enrollee, Kendall should be arriving in Norman for good in a couple of weeks. But there is a qualifier there.
Just because Kendall has signed his financial aid agreement doesn’t mean he is in any way, shape or form forced to be a Sooner. It’s not a binding agreement. If he finds a school in the next couple of weeks and picks them, he’s certainly well within his rights to do just that.
It would have to be one heck of a quick process, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility as we saw last year with Jarrett Stidham flipping to Baylor from Texas Tech in the final month before enrolling early.
The issue there would be any public statements by OU regarding Kendall would then be considered recruiting violations. Not major ones, but violations nevertheless.
Robison is the one to watch more, especially since Murray will be eligible for the 2017 season when the Scout 100 prospect is expected to arrive in Norman.
A few minutes after the Murray announcement, Robison tweeted about decisions and also said he’s not afraid of competition.
It’s very possible the 2017 QB race is between Robison, Kendall, Murray and Cody Thomas. Now that’s not too shabby.
Baker Mayfield seems to have to accept to only having one more year left with his senior season slated to be the 2016 season.
Is Murray worth the risk?
In other words, are the character concerns legit? Hard for me to make that sort of judgment, but you have to know Kyler and his father, Kevin Murray, have absolutely developed a great relationship with Bob Stoops in the past and could develop one with Lincoln Riley in a heartbeat.
OU pursued Murray for years in the recruiting process. At one point, there was some real fear from Aggie fans of Murray flipping to OU right around this time last year.
Murray took an official visit to Norman last year and is very familiar with the program. If you trust in Stoops, you trust in this move.
It’s not the equivalent of Dorial Green-Beckham, but you can see the similarities. Some character concerns but also with a long relationship with the OU coaches and Stoops making the final call to accept him.
Is Murray that good?
Primarily based on what was seen during his freshman season. Five touchdown passes against seven interceptions doesn’t inspire a lot of hoopla but everybody is wondering if it was Murray or the turmoil in College Station?
There’s no telling how dominant Murray was in high school, leading Allen (Texas) High to three straight state championships and putting up some of the most unbelievable numbers you’ll find in the high school ranks.
With Riley calling the shots, you could definitely see why the Murray family wanted OU and why the Sooners would take that chance.
His skillset is a nice match with what Riley is trying to get done in Norman.
Will this help recruiting?
One hundred percent yes, especially in the Dallas Metroplex. These kids know Murray, know how good he is, gravitate toward his personality.
All you need to do is look at all the tweets from recruits in the DFW area after the Murray announcement was made by OU for proof.
It will help OU’s 2016 class. It will help OU’s 2017 class. And if he produces the way he wants to, it will help the 2018 class. Not just at receiver, either. Everybody on either side of the ball is fired up about Murray joining the ranks.