At many of the positions in 2015 recruiting, there's already a great deal of clarity regarding the top targets for the Texas Longhorns. At quarterback, that clarity is only recently emerging, but should come more into focus in the next several days with the Wednesday visits from Allen's Kyler Murray and St. Bonaventure (Ca.)'s Ricky Town.
Over the weekend, the 'Horns extended their second and third quarterback offers in the class to Stephenville's Jarrett Stidham and West Mesquite Chason Virgil, the latter of whom has already been projected as a Texas lean, though he isn't saying so publicly. The first offer was to Fort Bend Marshall's JW Ketchum, the most raw of the three.
The expectation is that both Murray and Town will receive offers while in town.
Murray is an interesting prospect because while he led Allen to the 5A Division I championship last fall while only a sophomore, all despite the fact that he's listed at 5'11 and 170 pounds. Even more interesting is the fact that 247Sports has him as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country -- while the perception of most sub-six foot quarterback often focuses on their height and the limitations imposed by the lack of it, it's almost a non-issue for those who have seen Murray throw extensively in person.
The son of a former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, the pedigree is there for Kyler, but the bigger question is probably whether or not anyone can get him away from the Aggies, who offered him over the weekend and are currently the unanimous choice to land his services when he does make his decision. Clemson, Ohio State, and Texas Tech have all offered as well, an impressive list of quarterback evaluators.
It may not end up being anything more than a courtesy nod to Murray's talents, but it appears the Longhorns will join the fray to whatever extend possible by offering the Allen star after he threw for 2,000 yards and ran for nearly 1,400 last fall. Perhaps, like 2013 signee Jake Oliver, Murray is more open than his status as an A&M legacy would indicate.
An offer to Town could potentially have a bigger impact on the overall class, though he probably wouldn't rank much higher than Murray in terms of potential to land at Texas. The 6'4, 200-pound five-star prospect by 247Sports is rated as the no. 3 prospect nationally and the top pro-style passer in the country at this time. Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, Miami, and UCLA have all extended offers early, but the Crimson Tide may be the big players after extending an offer at a camp last weekend as well, earning several early predictions in their favor.
Operating out of a pro-style offense in high school from under center, Town looks like an older player with his live feet in the pocket, mobility to escape pressure, and ability to go through his reads to find open targets. His arm action is effortless, he change touch and trajectory, and he has the arm strength to make throws when his feet aren't set, though he doesn't appear to have any exceptionally bad habits in that area, a problem for many quarterbacks with extremely strong arms.
After taking one quarterback in the 2013 and 2014 classes, it looks like the 'Horns will try to take two in this class, but there's a long way to go to land any of them as Applewhite looks at both dual-threat and pro-style quarterbacks, a sign that running ability may not be high on the list of his requirements for the new offense, though it's certainly a bonus for any offense.