In this installment of The Recruiting Notebook, we meet the player who will take over kicking duties when the Borregales kicking dynasty is out of eligibility: Shreveport (LA) C.E. Byrd K Abram Murray.
With K Andres Borregales entering his senior year in 2024, Miami needed to have a plan at kicker for the future. To address that plan, Miami turned their attention to Shreveport (LA) C. E. Byrd K Abram Murray.
One of the top kicking prospects in the country, Murray has won multiple awards. He was 1st team All-District, All-City, and All-Metro at Punter as a junior, and looked to continue that strong performance as a senior.
Murray’s decision was a quick one. He earned offers from Miami and Arkansas, but after an official visit to Miami during the loaded June 23rd visit weekend, Murray committed to Miami.
On the 247sports composite, Murray is a 3-star prospect, the #3 K nationally, #60 in the State of Louisiana, and #2197 player overall in this class.
He’s also rated the #6 K in the country by Kohl’s Kicking, one of the industry leaders in kicking development and rankings.
Murray committed to Miami over Arkansas.
As A Player
While we debate the process of other positions, how they line up, how they do different things on offense or defense well or poorly, kicking is a true outcome situation. Either you make the kick or you don’t.
I already detailed Murray’s excellence as a punter, and that continued in 2023. He averaged 40.1 yards/punt on 35 punts. He also shows a strong leg with 42 touchbacks on 56 kickoffs on the year.
As a senior, Murray was 6/10 on FGs with a long of 45. He has good range, and that should improve as he gets more experience. Murray also went 38/39 on XPs, so he’s consistent in making all his kicks.
Here’s an eval of Murray from Kohl’s Kicking:
Murray most recently competed at the 2022 Kohl’s National Scholarship Camp in July of 2022. His leg strength is at the top of the class on both field goals and kickoffs. He again showed great poise by winning the field goal competition at the end of camp. At the Underclassman Challenge in January of 2022, he won the camp-wide kickoff competition. The ball jumps off his foot and he is in great control of his body. Murray can drive the ball or hang the ball up as he has charted a 4.3+ second kickoff at camp. He has quick hips and has an excellent command of his swing through contact. In May of 2022 he scored 13 of 15 FG points on field goals and averaged 120.3 points on kickoffs!
- Incredibly strong leg
- Versatile kicking experience (P and K)
- Elite performance as P
- More experience at P than K
- Can develop and refine technique
Note: changed this up from just a freshman-season outlook to a career outlook for each player a couple years ago and we’re continuing that style this year as well.
Let’s be real: Andres Borregales is going to be Miami’s kicker as long as he wants. That’s a good thing though, and it allows Murray for a natural, and intended, redshirt before he’s the guy.
Miami’s had some misses at kicker and punter in the past (wassup, Bubba Baxa. shoutout to you, Zach Feagles), but they hit with both Borregales brothers, and the hope is Murray is the next longtime, elite kicker for the Canes. He has all the talent to make that happen, but it will be in 2025 or beyond that he steps into the role.
That’s it for this installment of The Recruiting Notebook.