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Recruiting: Texas OL Tyler Murray follows mom’s advice, commits to Army

Mothers do know best.

Tyler Murray received the most influential advice from Melissa Brown, his mom, during the college football recruiting experience.

Brown told her son, “Do what is best for you and where you see yourself succeeding the most.”

Murray envisioned himself at West Point as a cadet and Army football player. Murray’s decision would be based on the future as much as the present.

The Brandies (San Antonio, Texas) offensive lineman officially committed to Army offensive line coach Mike Viti Saturday.

“Army was my first offer and they kept in touch with me throughout the whole process, which meant a lot,” Murray said. “I also like what the program has to offer and coach Viti is a great guy.

“I like the life after football aspect of it because there will always be life after football and I love how it prepares you for it.”

Murray, who picked Army over FCS programs Weber State and Tarleton State, was paid a home visit by Viti in May. Army is recruiting the 6-foot-5, 280-pound to play offensive line but not a specific position.

“When he (Viti) came to my house, he connected with me and my family very well,” Murray said. “Army was too good of an opportunity to pass on.”

Murray, who is an Eagle Scout, has no relatives that have served in the military, but he’s “excited and eager to serve my country.” He’s looking to schedule his first West Point trip soon.

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