ESPN’s Keith Law ranks Oklahoma’s starting QB as the 36th-best prospect in the MLB Draft, starting June 4. Murray could decide to leave the gridiron for the diamond and sign with the team that drafts him. That would put Lincoln Riley’s football team in a tough spot. Murray said this spring he’s “not worried right now” about his looming choice, though Riley said he’s “had some discussions” with the QB and his family about it, ESPN reported.
Murray’s in an unusual but not unprecedented predicament. His closest analog might be Josh Fields, the Oklahoma State starting QB who skipped his senior season and turned pro in baseball after the White Sox took him 18th as a third baseman in 2004. Fields got a reported $1.55 million signing bonus.
Both Bedlam rivals are small QBs in stature, and both had a clearer professional outlook in baseball than in football. Let’s size up Murray’s decision with help from Fields, who knows the ins and outs of a baseball/football decision better than almost anyone.