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Kyler Murray opts out of MLB Draft, will join football and baseball programs

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Kyler Murray, a two-sport star at Allen, Texas, and an incoming freshman quarterback on the Texas A&M football team, tweeted Wednesday that he was taking his name out of the MLB draft and was looking forward to playing both football and baseball for the Aggies. Here he’s sliding into second after being forced out in a game against Plano East on May 1. 

Kyler Murray, Texas A&M’s gifted dual sport recruit, has decided to forego the MLB Draft and stick to his commitment to play football and baseball Texas A&M.

“Opting out of the MLB draft,” Murray said in a tweet Wednesday morning. “Looking forward to continuing my football and baseball career at Texas A&M University. See ya down the road!”

The Draft was the last obstacle standing between Murray and Aggieland after football head coach Kevin Sumlin and the A&M coaching staff survived last minute scares from Texas and Oklahoma to snag the No. 1 ranked dual threat QB on national signing day.

Murray never lost a game as a starter at Allen High School, as he notched three consecutive state championships en route to accumulating a 42-0 record. Overall, the quarterback produced 186 touchdowns and over 14,000 all-purpose yards.

Murray was thought to be a lock in the first round of the MLB Draft, with most experts ranking him somewhere between the 29th and 32nd best prospect. Kyler was forced to DH for part of his senior season after a shoulder injury moved him out of the defensive lineup, but some evaluators still thought that he had a good chance to be taken in the top 15 based on his blazing foot speed (graded at a 70 out of a possible 80 by MLB.com) and his quick right-handed swing.
He is now set to compete with Kyle Allen for the starting quarterback job beginning this summer and if everything goes according to plan, will suit up for the baseball team in the spring. Even if he doesn’t start right away, today has to go down as a huge victory for both programs.

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