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|Johnny Manziel appears to have played a role in helping convince Kyler Murray to go to Texas A&M.|
Allen High School (Texas) quarterback Kyler Murray is considered to be one of the top recruits in the country and committed to Texas A&M over Oregon on Wednesday. Based on what was said after he announced where he would be playing college football in 2015, it appears that head coach Kevin Sumlin will need to send a thank you note to his former Heisman Trophy-winning signal-caller for his role in helping the 247Sports' five-star recruit pick the Aggies.
I'll be joining Coach Sumlin and The Texas A&M Aggies! #GigEm— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) May 28, 2014
Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) May 28, 2014
Kyler Murray said Johnny Manziel was very helpful in his decision to attend A&M, and was extremely positive toward A&M.— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) May 28, 2014
To be fair, most experts predicted that Murray would announce his intentions to go to College Station for months given that his father, Kevin, was a star quarterback for A&M back in the mid-1980s. While his father told reporters afterward that he had nothing to do with his son picking the alma mater, it seems pretty clear that things were a bit different when it comes to another former signal-caller at the school.
Murray has drawn plenty of comparisons to Manziel ever since taking over the starting job at Allen thanks to his 5-foot-11 height, strong arm and ability to move around. He even committed to the Aggies over the Ducks, just as Manziel did several years ago in high school. Unlike the Browns' first-round pick, however, Murray has led the Eagles to back-to-back state championships the past two years and has a good shot at a third heading into his senior season.
It should be noted that Manziel's involvement in Murray's recruitment will likely cause the Aggies' already busy compliance office to fill out a few forms to self-report a rules violation. Former student-athletes and boosters are not allowed to be involved in recruiting (just ask Ohio State and Tim Tebow), so Manziel's calls and tweets will likely be considered a Level III or IV violation for the program.
Something says neither Manziel, Sumlin or Texas A&M are all that concerned about such minor infractions given the type of player they just picked up for their 2015 recruiting class.