HOOVER, Ala. -- Under Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M has grown accustomed to having elite freshmen on campus. Five-star recruits Myles Garrett and Speedy Noil broke onto the scene last fall, and now the Aggies are hoping quarterback Kyler Murray and defensive tackle Daylon Mack can do the same this season.
Murray, in particular, comes in with plenty of notoriety, and it was no surprise to hear his name come up a time or two at SEC media days Tuesday.
As a high school senior, Murray threw for 4,713 yards and 54 touchdowns. Those aren't your average numbers, even at the high school level, and they're almost mythical considering he played at the highest division in the state of Texas.
"He's a guy that statistically is one of the better quarterbacks to ever play the game in the state of Texas," Sumlin said. "He didn't ever lose a game. So you begin with that."
Added Texas A&M center Mike Matthews: "I haven't seen much of Kyler because it's so early, but I've seen him on tape. He obviously has the talent. To be able to do what he did in high school football, especially Texas, that's unheard of. He's going to bring a lot of talent for us."
Obviously, Murray won't be handed the starting quarterback job. Not with Kyle Allen returning and the numbers he put up a year ago. But Sumlin expects both of his signal callers to come in and compete. He knows neither one will back down.
Allen signed with the Aggies when Johnny Manziel was still on campus, and Murray signed one month after Allen earned MVP honors in Texas A&M's bowl victory over West Virginia.
"Neither one of those guys are intimidated," Sumlin said. "I think the makeup of those two guys suggests that they really don't care who it is, they think they're pretty good. That's really what you're looking for across the board as a football team, and we'll sort it out."
But as good as Murray was in high school and as good as he's projected to be at the next level, he wasn't even the top-ranked recruit in Texas A&M's 2015 class. That honor goes to Mack, the No. 6 player overall in the ESPN 300 and the No. 1 player in the state of Texas.
And Mack, who comes in listed at 6-foot-1, 340 pounds, has every intention of playing early.
"He's strong as an ox," fellow defensive lineman Julien Obioha said. "That's the main thing. He's really, really strong. But he also cares about the game a lot, he wants to learn, and he wants to play right now. A lot of freshmen guys come in and say, ‘Nah, my year will be in a couple years.' Daylon Mack wants to play right now."
Garrett and Noil set the precedent last year. Both were named to the All-SEC freshman team after standout debuts in the conference, and both lived up to the hype. Now the question is can Murray and Mack follow their lead?
Both are off to a good start since arriving on campus last month.
"They came in, and they both have had great attitudes," Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi said. "The five-star (label) is out the window. They've just been another guy on the team, another guy working hard, and another guy that wants to contribute to an SEC championship."