It's been a hell of week in College Station.
Over the course of seven days, the Aggies lost 10 stars worth of quarterbacks. I'm no mathematician, but that's 1.42 stars a day, by my calculations.
The reported transfer restrictions for five-star dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray, an Allen High product, are fairly lax. In fact, Kyle Allen, the other quarterback the Aggies lost, faces the same minimal restrictions. No SEC schools. No future opponents.
That leaves the door wide open for Texas.
You may remember a time when Kyler Murray flirted with the idea of coming to Austin. It was reported that Charlie Strong and Murray's father, Kevin, meshed well, and outside of the whole 'being an Aggie legend' thing, really hit it off with the Longhorns head football coach.
If you watch his high school film, it's hard to call Murray anything other than an exceptional talent. It's why he was, arguably, the most highly touted recruit in Texas high school football history.
But here's the thing: I don't want him.
I know it sounds crazy to turn away a five-star while he is still 18 years old, but I don't see the value in bringing Kyler Murray to Austin -- who wouldn't be able to play until 2017 at the earliest. Murray is an undersized QB with impressive speed and a questionable arm. He finished the 2015 season with 686 yards passing -- tossing 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also rushed for 335 yards.
As some have already pointed out, the loss of Murray for the Aggies is far less a hit than Kyle Allen. If anything, this transfer has caused such an uproar because it's symbolic of the problematic culture in Kevin Sumlin's program. On the field, it won't have as much an impact.
I do wonder if losing Kyler Murray is worse symbolically for Sumlin than football-wise. He's small and can't throw. What's the big deal?— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 17, 2015
Could Murray as a Longhorn work out? Absolutely. I'm sure the first phone call Murray received was from Augie Garrido. Murray, mind you, is a far better infielder than he is a quarterback. And that's saying a lot, because he was a damn good football player.
But Murray also brings a lot of baggage. The reports out of College Station during the season show a young player suffering from an overwhelming sense of entitlement and self-worth. In October, it was reported that Kyler Murray was benched for cursing at his offensive coordinator about playing time. He also has a father who clearly has his helicopter piloting license.
That doesn't fit the Strong mantra. Nor should it. If Strong has gotten one thing right during his tenure as the Texas head coach, it's been correcting the entitlement-ridden mentality left behind by the previous regime. The locker room he has created is free of prima donnas.
I'm worried Murray would compromise that.
You know what Murray should do? Play baseball. He allegedly left millions on the table to play football at Texas A&M. He needs to transfer to a JUCO and enter the MLB draft in 2016. Yes, he can do that. That's where the money is.
So while I could see myself eating crow in a few years as crazy Longhorns fans link this post back to my Twitter and call me a dumbass, I'd like to believe the answer already exists in the QBs who have committed to Texas.
Murray is a young guy, and he will figure it out. I'd just prefer he does it elsewhere.