It's no secret Allen quarterback Kyler Murray is a hot college football prospect, but he may also be a prospect for the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft too.
"He's kind of behind the scenes in the baseball world," Allen head baseball coach Paul Coe said. "All the football guys are going after him, but I met with two pro scouts last night and the projectability is just there. They love him. I talked to one last night that said they thought he was probably the best 2015 prospect in DFW."
Murray is without a doubt a gifted athlete listed as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback nationally and a two-time Class 5A Texas State champion in football.
There are many athletes who have the potential to play two sports, but very few do. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders come to mind for most when talking football and baseball. Michael Jordan once made a transition to baseball during a break from basketball. Most recently, Johnny Quinn, a former NFL wide receiver, is currently in the Olympics for bobsledding.
Texas Tech wide receiver Bradley Marquez is currently in the minor league system with the New York Mets. It's no secret Texas Tech quarterback signee Patrick Mahomes is considered as a prospect for the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Playing two sports is certainly an avenue Murray could look into.
Coe mentioned another possibility for the 5-foot-11, 170 pound athlete.
"I guarantee you he wants to get drafted. I mean there's no doubt. I guarantee he wants to play college baseball if he doesn't get drafted. He's just that kind of an athlete that loves competing."
Murray has speed and a strong arm after leading the Eagles in both rushing and passing yards and adding 65 touchdowns to his name. Coe does not see either of those as his best baseball asset though.
"He's a great hitter," Coe said. "He has the quickest hands and bat speed and pop. The ball just flies off his bat. It's electric."
Coe isn't Murray's only coach. Allen head coach Tom Westerberg is in charge of the back-to-back state championship football program. Westerberg likes what Murray, who visited Lubbock a couple weeks ago, brings to the table from a mental standpoint.
"He's a very smart football player. Very calm. Plays the game at a very high intensity level. The bigger the game, probably the better he plays."
Murray is currently a junior in high school, but Coe said good things may come for him once he graduates.
"I think he's got a future in both of them. I really do."
Murray's a Two-Sport Star
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