Marlins prospect Harrison can relate to Murray

Outfielder who chose baseball over football in '14 weighs in on OU's two-sport star

January 15th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Football, baseball or both?

When deciding his career path in 2014, Marlins outfield prospect found himself in a similar situation to what Kyler Murray is going through. Harrison is familiar with having to give up one sport for the other.

Murray, the A's first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the University of Oklahoma, announced on Monday that he will be entering the 2019 NFL Draft, while leaving the door open to try to play baseball. Harrison is aware of the complications, but in the end he boiled it down to one key element.

"What's his love? At the end of the day, he's going to do what makes him happy," said Harrison, the Marlins' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. "I know there is a lot of money and stuff like that involved."

Coming out of Lee's Summit (Mo.) West High School in 2014, Harrison was prepared to give football and baseball a shot at the University of Nebraska. Those plans changed that summer when the Brewers selected him in the second round and signed the power-hitting outfielder to play baseball exclusively.

"For me personally, I chose something that I love," Harrison said. "Whatever direction it was going to go, things were going to happen. [Murray is] in a very tough situation. Good luck to him as he goes through that. Hopefully, I can see him in a baseball uniform. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of months or so."

Harrison keeps tabs on two-sport athletes, and he was aware of Murray for years.

"Yeah, I definitely watched him," Harrison said. "I knew about him in high school. There's not much you can really say about him. Look at the athlete he is. He kind of makes me wonder, 'Dang, maybe if I went to college ... .' It will be interesting to see what happens to him. He seems like a good dude. I've heard some things about him. Just the talent on the field is amazing."

If Murray decides to play both football and baseball, that's a workload Harrison right now says he wouldn't want to handle.

"Now? No," he said. "I was talking to somebody about this the other day. I can't imagine going to school, playing football and baseball. I'm not going to have a social life. I mean, you still have to have things that are outside the sports world. I can't imagine playing two sports right now."