ARLINGTON, Texas -- Allen (Texas) quarterback Kyle Murray didn't need to attend the Dallas Elite 11 camp on Sunday at AT&T Stadium, having already earned an invitation to the Elite 11 finals as a result of his performance at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp back in April. That didn't stop him from making the drive and putting in work.
Watching him throw, that's hardly a surprise, as Murray's clean mechanics suggest he takes every available opportunity to get better.
After an impressive performance that evaluators have come to expect from the consensus five-star prospect, Murray spoke with SB Nation Recruiting about his recent trip to Oregon, his upcoming plans and his decision timetable.
"Just getting to watch practice and getting a feel for Oregon and the coaches," Murray said when asked what stood out on his visit. "Everything was good."
Murray had some idea of how the Ducks practice going in, based on the reputation head coach Mark Helfrich's squad has for moving quickly, but what impressed him the most was rather unexpected.
"I knew it was going to be really fast and it was," he said. "I was more impressed with their defense -- those guys are really big."
Fostering a comfortable, home-like atmosphere is something that every college program strives for and it sounds like Oregon was able to accomplish that with the high-profile visitor.
"Even though it was far, they made it feel like home. It was a good visit, honestly," he said, though he wasn't willing to give it a 1-to-10 rating.
As for any Texas fans holding out hope for a last-minute surge to land Murray, it's probably time to move on:
Kyler Murray on if he's heard from Texas, "yeah, but that ain't happening"— Mike Roach (@Mike_Hornsports) May 4, 2014
Murray said that he plans on making a decision following his baseball season. A second baseman for Allen, Murray told the Dallas Morning News last month that he plans on playing both sports in college.
Before the 5'11, 170-pounder ends his recruitment, he said that he will probably take a trip to Auburn, but would one visit to Auburn or the single Oregon trip be enough to convince Murray not to follow in his father's footsteps to College Station to play for the Aggies?
A&M fans probably don't think so, and for good reason -- the industry consensus remains unanimous in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for head coach Kevin Sumlin's program.