The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback committed to Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason on May 30th, 2014, after a visit to campus.
"First and foremost, Nashville is a awesome city. I liked how all of the athletic buildings were kind of in a circle. The football building was next to the stadium with the baseball stadium and the gymnasium right there too. I thought that was really cool. Then there's the great academics."
Kyle Shurmur held other offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Illinois, Pitt, Temple, and UCF.
"I feel like I'm a smart kid who makes good decisions when throwing the football. I'm tall so I can see over people. I think I'd be a big presence on the field and a good teammate with leadership ability. I'm good with the things that can't be measured, the intangibles, that you can't teach."
In his senior season, his second as a starter, Shurmur threw for 2,523 yards and 28 touchdowns while helping the Explorers go 8-3 and advance to the Catholic League Class AAAA final. He was named first-Team All-State and All-League and selected as the Robert W. Maxwell Memorial Football Club's high school player of the year for Pennsylvania. Shurmur was the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Game. He is the son of Jennifer and Pat Shurmur. His father is currently the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles and spent two seasons as the Cleveland Browns head coach (2011-2012). Kyle also had two sisters, Allyson and Erica, who are collegiate swimmers.