Top quarterback prospect and Texas A&M commitment Kyler Murray knows what folks are thinking. "You're the next Johnny Manziel!" He's a runner/passer and he's been all-everything for his Lone Star State high school team. So is the teenager feeling the pressure of being of "the next Johnny Manziel?"
"If anything, it's all cool. Johnny is Johnny and he does his thing. We do play similar and I can't deny that. But pressure? No, there's none of that going to A&M. Johnny left some big shoes to fill and they're going to miss him for sure and what he brought to the table."
Murray also says he's struck up a friendship with the man whose skills Aggie fans hope he can emulate. In fact, Manziel helped him during his recruitment:
"Johnny really helped me out a lot and gave me both sides because he wanted what's best for me as a quarterback. He knows Oregon and went to Oregon but chose Texas A&M. He wasn't bragging on Texas A&M, he just gave me the best of both and I respect that. He gave me the truth.
He doesn't really give me a lot of advice, we just talk like we're boys. He knows what to say and we just talk as friends. It's good to have him in your corner."
And if Murray can be the rare exception of a "the next" who really can become "the next" whomever, A&M fans are going to be very happy when the Elite 11 quarterback steps into Kyle Field.